Liana Wood on what motivated her to sign up to a half marathon to raise funds for DDVG I’ve been associated with this charity for a long time. Visiting detainees at Dover Immigration Removal Centre when I was a teenager helped me to understand more about the circumstances in which people come to this country, […]Read more "Why I’m running a half marathon for immigration detainees"
Removing immigrants impoverishes Britain’s culture, writes Fraser Paterson, DDVG’s new caseworker I am a new caseworker at DDVG and now that I am in my second week of work I thought I’d share my first impressions after a few meetings with detainees in Dover. Unexpectedly, my first thought has been what our current immigration system […]Read more "Casework insights: no one wins"
Joe recently shared his experiences of detention and destitution in the UK, at DDVG‘s Ex-Detainee Conference. This is his story. My name is Joe. I would have been due for release from prison on 22 July 2010, but then I was held under immigration powers, even while my deportation wasn’t imminent. I spent ten months […]Read more "‘As other human beings on this soil’: Joe’s story"
This Refugee Week, DDVG shows solidarity with people suffering under the UK’s asylum support system and demanding basic human respect. Christine and Angie on the Ex-Detainee Project and the staff at DDVG are used to standing up for their clients. This Refugee Week, they’re going one better by sharing in the experiences of their clients […]Read more "Refugee Week 2013: Struggle for Survival"
Conditions imposed on asylum seekers in the UK make parenting almost impossible. People are detained indefinitely in removal centres, even while the Home Office can’t remove them. Asylum seekers initially refused by the Home Office, if they are released, are banned from working and made to live under Section 4 or without support. Four fathers […]Read more "Father’s Day for asylum seekers: four fathers’ stories"
Section 4: need to know low down Section 4 is… 1. A legislative regime, under which people whose asylum applications have been refused and those without legal status in the UK must live, pending final determination of their immigration status or removal from the UK. 2. Coercive. People living under Section 4 are banned from […]Read more "What is Section 4?"
One of our intern’s offers her perspectives of DDVG, the work caseworkers and volunteers do, and the experiences of the detainees she has met. My name is Cecile. Having finished my BA in International Relations and Politics I am now doing an internship at the NGO’s office. I have different tasks assigned to me, but […]Read more "First impressions: internship at Dover Detainee Visitor Group"