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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.


After Theresa May?

Photo by Zhifei Zhou on Unsplash Living under Theresa May’s reign as migrants was like a nightmare, and its catastrophic impact has not ended. After May’s dramatic resignation speech on 24 May, 'Hostile Environment' policies continue. And the [...]

Latest detention statistics: Stop tweaking, start reforming

Image by @Carcazan The Home Office published its latest immigration statistics last week. On the same day, the Government was held to account, again, for the harmful impact of its hostile environment policies – this time, the wrongful detention [...]

A matter of fact?

The Home Office’s presentation of the facts about immigration detention is open to question This blog comes from Detention Forum volunteer Gareth, who tweets at @garethglynn. The image is from @Carcazan.  Hot on the heels of the Windrush scandal, [...]

Join the Detention Forum team! Call for social media volunteers

Social media volunteers needed!  Deadline 9 April 2019 We are looking for a couple of enthusiastic and curious volunteers who have a deep interest in and commitment to challenging immigration detention and can help us increase our social media presence. This social [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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Do you think the government should build a replacement to Colnbrook and Harmondsoworth #detention centres, if/when Heathrow Airport's new runway is built? We don't think so. Find out how to oppose this plan and say no to a replacement centre.


A proposed inquiry into the abuse of people at Brook House IRC does not go far enough, the High Court has ruled.

Blog by @mckinneytweets at @freemovementlaw: https://t.co/dZPDlEB8vm

2017 @BBCPanorama programme highlighted serious issues at Brook House: https://t.co/LMdXZQoxOx

Join us for our pub quiz at 7pm tomorrow @The_Tokenhouse! Exciting prizes from our wonderful prize donors up for grabs @riocinema @AtlanticBooks @AlmeidaTheatre @OliverBonas @Islington_AH @GenesisCinema @chunkymark. Book now: https://t.co/8Zrfth1izo

This week is #RefugeeWeek and as such we're posting our #28for28 videos, telling the tales of those who have suffered under the UK's policy of indefinite detention. Watch/listen to The Appellant's Tale by David Herd, read by Maxine Peake: https://t.co/4IahfP2M04

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