Useful reading about Detention

A selection of reports and academic papers on immigration detention and matters relating to detention which may be of use for researchers and anyone interested in the context of detention policy in the UK, experiences of detention, and the effects of immigration detention on individuals. The list has been chosen for relevance to the UK and Europe, rather than attempting to reflect the global picture of immigration detention.

Amnesty International UK. 2005. Seeking Asylum is not a crime: detention of people who have sought asylum, report

Aspinall, P. and Watters, C.  2010. ‘Refugees and asylum seekers: A review from an equality and human rights perspective’ Equality and Human Rights Commission, Research report 52

Bacon, C. 2005. ‘The Evolution of Immigration Detention in the UK: The Involvement of Private Prison Companies’ Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper No. 27. Oxford University.

Black, R., Collyer, M., Skeldon, R., Waddington, C. 2006. ‘Routes to illegal residence: A case study of immigration detainees in the United Kingdom’ Geoforum, vol. 37 (4) p. 552-564

Bloch, A and Schuster, L. 2005. ‘At the extremes of exclusion: Deportation, detention and dispersal’ Ethnic and Racial Studies vol. 28 (3) p. 491-592

Bosworth, M. 2008. ‘Border Control and the Limits of the Sovereign State’ Social and Legal Studies vol. 17 (2) p. 199-215

Bosworth, M. 2011. 'Policy Primer: Immigration Detention: Policy Challenges',’The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

Bosworth, M. 2007. ‘Border Crossings: Immigration Detention and the Exclusive Society’ In Lee, M. (eds). Human Smuggling and Migration, Willan Publishing. p. 159-177

Bosworth, M. and Guild, M. 2008. ‘Governing through migration control: security and citizenship in Britain’ The British Journal of Criminology, vol. 48 (6) p. 703-719.

Bruegel, I & Natamba, E. 2002. Maintaining contact: What happens after detained asylum seekers get bail? South Bank University.

Coffey, G., Kaplan, I., Sampson, R., Tucci, M. 2010. ‘The meaning and mental health consequences of long-term immigration detention for people seeking asylum’ Social Science & Medicine, vol. 70 p. 2070-2079.

Crawley, H. and Lester, T. 2005. No place for a child - Children in UK immigration detention: Impacts, alternatives and safeguards, Save the Children UK report

Equal Rights Trust, 2010. Unravelling Anomaly: Detention, Discrimination and the Protection Needs of Stateless Persons, report

Gibney, M. 2008. ‘Asylum and the Expansion of Deportation in the United Kingdom’ Government and Opposition, vol. 43 (2)

House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. 2009. The Detention of Children in the Immigration System First Report of Session 2009-10.  

Huysmans, J. and Buonfino, A. 2008 ‘Politics of Exception and Unease: Immigration, Asylum and Terrorism in Parliamentary Debates in the UK’. Political Studies, vol. 56 (4) p. 766-788

Jackson, A. 2003. ‘The detention of asylum seekers in the UK: bail for immigration detainees’ Feminist Review, vol. 73 (1) p. 118-122

Johnston, C. 2009. 'Indefinite Immigration Detention: Can it be Justified?'  Journal of Immigration, Asylum & Nationality La, vol. 23 (4) p. 351-364

London Detainee Support Group. 2009. The real cost of indefinite immigration detention, report

Lorek, A. et al. 2009. 'The mental and physical health difficulties of children held within a British immigration detention center: A pilot study' Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 33 (9).  573-585

Malloch, M and Stanley, E. 2005. ‘The detention of asylum seekers in the UK: Representing risk, managing the dangerous’ Punishment & Society, vol. 7. p. 53-71

Malmberg, M. 2004. 'Control and deterrence: Discourses of detention of asylum-seekers' University of Sussex, Sussex Migration Working Papers number 20

Pourgourides, C. 1997. ‘The mental health implications of detention of asylum seekers in the UK’ Psychiatric Bulletin, vol. 21. p. 673-674.

Schuster, L. 2005. ‘A Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut: Deportation, Detention and Dispersal in Europe’ Social Policy & Administration, vol. 39 (6), p. 606-621

Schuster, L. and Welch, M. 2005. ‘Detention of asylum seekers in the UK and USA: Deciphering noisy and quiet constructions’ Punishment & Society, vol.7. p. 397

Schuster, L. and Welch, M. 2005. ‘Detention of asylum seekers in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Italy: A critical view of the globalizing culture of control’ Criminology and Criminal Justice, vol. 5 p. 331

Steel, Z. et.al. 2006. ‘Impact of immigration detention and temporary protection on the mental health of refugees’ British Journal of Psychiatry., vol. 188. p. 58-64

Tyler, I. 2006. ‘‘Welcome to Britain’. The cultural politics of Asylum’. European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 9 (2) p. 185-202

Webber, F. 1996. ‘Crimes of arrival: immigrants and asylum-seekers in the new Europe’.  Statewatch publication 2000

Webber, F. 2006. 'Border wars and asylum crimes' Statewatch publication

Weber, L. 2003. ‘Down that Wrong Road: Discretion in Decisions to Detain Asylum Seekers Arriving in UK Ports’ The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, vol. 42 (3) p. 248-262

Weber, L., Landman, T. 2002. ‘Deciding to detain: The organisational context for decisions to detain asylum seekers at UK ports’ Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

Wolton, S. 2006. ‘Immigration Policy and the “Crisis of British Values”' Citizenship Studies, vol. 10 (4) 453-467

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