Many people visit Villawood and other detention centres throughout Australia to give stressed refugees some company, as well as news of the outside world. 

Some of these visitors are ordinary people, while others are volunteers teaching art, music and other pleasantry and stress relieving activities

The Refugee Council of Australia came to realise that things were not easy when it came to visiting centres and accordingly conducted a survey of challenges faced by people visiting immigration detention.

The questions in the survey ranged from asking what barriers the visitors faced, what issues refugees in detention asked them, how effective they found the meetings, and what suggestions they might make to improve the effectiveness of the visits.

Most people answering the survey were anonymous for obvious reasons.

Apparently, the Department of Immigration and Australian Border Force have both received a copy of the survey results and are looking closely at it.

The result is a big read, but very interesting: