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SEMINAR | Immigration detention in the United Kingdom: Women, dignity and preparation for release or removal


SEMINAR - All welcome

Start Date

19th Feb 2016 1:00pm

End Date

19th Feb 2016 2:00pm


Harvard Lecture Theatre 1, Centenary Building

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Dr Louise Grimmer -

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and Faculty of Law seminar

Presented by

Alice Gerlach, University of Oxford

About the presentation
In the UK the purpose of immigration detention is to hold individuals briefly before they are removed from the country. In reality many people are held for long periods and approximately 50 per cent are eventually released into the community. For this presentation I will discuss women's experiences of immigration detention in the United Kingdom, and the impact immigration detention has, and continues to have on this population post detention. The discussion will be framed by the theoretical construct of dignity, which I use to explain the disproportionate distress caused by this form of detention when compared with other types of imprisonment. The research for this presentation was carried out between January 2015 and 2016 as part of a PhD project at the University of Oxford. Interviews were conducted with 80 women over three fieldwork sites. These sites included one immigration removal centre, Jamaica (post-deportation), and the UK community (post-release).

About the speaker
Alice received her BSc Arts Hons (Social Ecology/Psychology) at the University of Tasmania, which she completed in 2007. She is currently in the final year of her collaboratively funded Economic and Social Research Council - HM Inspectorate of Prisons DPhil at The University of Oxford. Her project examines the effectiveness of immigration removal centres in preparing those in detention for removal or release with a specific focus on women and dignity. Alice has a background in the detention estate in the UK, including immigration removal centres, working as a researcher for HM Inspectorate of Prisons. Prior to this Alice worked on various projects with the Office for National Statistics, including research on the characteristics of migrants living in the UK.

Friday 19 February 2016

1.00pm to 2.00pm

Harvard Lecture Theatre 1, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Event Contact
For more information, or directions to the venue please contact Dr Louise Grimmer, Institute for the Study of Social Change via email or telephone 6226 1587

All Welcome
UTAS staff and students and members of the public are warmly invited to attend our seminars. We look forward to seeing you!

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