This year’s walk will also mark the fact that many of those walking have sought asylum in the UK but have seen no change in their circumstances in the past five years: still unable to work, still required to sustain themselves on £5 per day, still constantly vulnerable to re-detention.
As the walk makes its way along the coast, other speakers including Bridget Anderson, Helen Barr and Ali Smith will consider what it means to think ‘Beyond the Border’.
Professor Herd said: ‘The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules, with over 26,000 people detained in this way in the year ending June 2018. Such detention remains the threat that underpins the hostile environment. Refugee Tales calls for that policy to end.’