A short film about Asylum Welcome's support of detainees
Why do we run this service?
For 25 years until its closure in December 2018, Asylum Welcome ran services for detainees held at Campsfield House Immigration Removals Centre, Kidlington, just outside Oxford. Our staff and volunteers were frequently in Campsfield and we played an important part in safeguarding the welfare of detainees and facilitating their release.
People continue to be detained under immigration rules in other detention centres and prisons. Asylum Welcome remains concerned for their welfare and continues to offer a telephone advice from our main office and continues to be part of national networks monitoring detention.
In late 2019 Asylum Welcome agreed to start a visiting service for foreign national prisoners at HMP Huntercombe near Henley. This is a pilot project and we will review lessons learned in 2020.