Inside immigration detention
The introduction sketches the shape of the contemporary immigration detention system in the UK and introduces the main themes of the book. It describes the primary demographic and legal characteristics of the detained population while outlining the nature of the academic and policy debate about this form of border control. So far, most literature on detention is purely theoretical or based on secondary source accounts. This chapter introduces one of the key arguments of the book, that we need greater academic engagement with these sites and with those within them. It then summarizes each chapter, providing a road map for the reader.
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