Return to the Isle of Man: The Implications of Internment for Understanding Immigration Detention in the UK

University of Oxford, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society Working Paper No. 102, 2012

19 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2013

Date Written: February 3, 2013

Abstract

Although the three modern periods of internment in the United Kingdom remain relatively unexplored in the migration literature, these historical episodes have significantly impacted the development of that country’s immigration policy, law, and legislation. This paper seeks to explore the outcomes of these internments and to draw connections between them and the development of the contemporary immigration detention estate. As such, it presents a historical overview of the First World War, Second World War, and Gulf War internments in the UK. These findings illuminate how powers granted to the UK government on an emergency basis became normalised and repackaged as everyday tools of contemporary immigration enforcement. The working paper also demonstrates how a liberal state government utilises atmospheres of fear, distrust, and xenophobia to justify depriving foreigners of their core individual rights in the name of national security concerns.

Keywords: internment, immigration detention, immigration policy, United Kingdom

Suggested Citation

Silverman, Stephanie J., Return to the Isle of Man: The Implications of Internment for Understanding Immigration Detention in the UK (February 3, 2013). University of Oxford, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society Working Paper No. 102, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2211336 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2211336

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