28 Tales for 28 Days

The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely.

28 Tales for 28 Days is an initiative from Refugee Tales to help generate a conversation around a call for an end to the UK’s policy of indefinite detention.

Each day, for 28 days, the story of someone who has experienced detention is released online.

In 2017, according to Home Office statistics, over 27,000 people were detained in this way. At any one time, between 2,500 and 3,000 people were detained indefinitely. 50% of all those detained indefinitely are released back into the community.

Actors including Jeremy Irons, Christopher Eccleston, Shobu Kapoor, Maxine Peake, Zoe Wanamaker and Niamh Cusack donated their time to be filmed reading the tales of those who have experienced detention and those who have worked with them.

The 28th tale will be read in Westminster, taking the tales to parliamentarians who have the power to bring about legislative change and end the injustice of immigration detention.

Refugee Tales is an outreach project of Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group inspired by the experiences of those held in immigration detention at Gatwick and the work of the Group over 20 years of visiting.