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Immigration detention is not the answer, for anyone.

People are detained without a time limit, for months, sometimes even years.

It is harmful and expensive. It robs people of their dignity, spirit and lives.

This can’t go on.

We are working towards an immigration system that is based on humanity, compassion and fairness.

To begin this process of change and to reduce detention, we are calling for:

Community-based alternatives to detention that respect rights can minimise the use of detention, reducing costs and helping people to live with dignity in the community while going through the immigration process.


‘In Three Words’ – Unlocking Detention

Can you describe immigration detention in three words? As part of this year's Unlocking Detention (from 11 November to 19 December 2019), we are asking people to take part in ‘In Three Words’ action to unlock the gates [...]

Digging beneath the detention statistics, 2019: what has changed?

Digging beneath the detention statistics, 2019: what has changed? This blog was written by one of our member organisations, AVID, which supports volunteer visitors to people held in immigration detention, and appeared originally on their website.  Official statistics released today show [...]

Beyond outrage, and being part of the change

One of the things we value most is an ongoing discussion with some of the Detention Forum members and volunteers about the complex nature and process of creating a social change. Particularly we often talk about the vital importance [...]

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The High Court has ruled a Home Office policy relating to victims of trafficking unlawful. It said the policy didn't meet the UK’s obligations to protect victims of trafficking because it failed to ensure that victims were properly identified https://t.co/jT74jniHKt

A perverse court ruling that substantial periods of a mentally ill man’s #detention were unlawful as the Home Office took too long to arrange suitable alternative accommodation undermines the requirement that detention is solely for removal from the UK https://t.co/Ni3Y4Iz4qA

“As long as it is politically convenient to mistreat those who were not born here, one of the great offices of state [the Home Office] will remain synonymous with scandal and cruelty,” says Satbir Singh of @JCWI_UK https://t.co/vNeoTCkcAP

The IMB report on Morton Hall IRC noted 217 acts of self-harm during 2018, “with a number of prolific self-harmers" amongst those detained. The average length of #detention was 2-4 weeks, but a number of people were held more than a year, one for 571 days https://t.co/CUbFeGOL5p

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