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.

Use of former army barracks

At our members' meeting last month, we heard from two of our members, Kent Refugee Help and Samphire, about the recent use of army barracks in Kent to accommodate people seeking asylum. Our members are really concerned at [...]

Proposed new detention centre

We were very disappointed, when we were alerted by one of our members recently, about a proposed new detention centre in the North East. The Northern Echo reported that Government plans to scrap a residential development in favour of [...]

New members

Over the last few months we have been having a series of conversations with organisations which are interested in our work and wanted to explore membership of our Forum. And we are delighted that Action Foundation, Ben and [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Yesterday in the House of Commons the time limit amendment was defeated by 64 votes (328 to 264). We knew that success looked unlikely, but the government majority was reduced, four Conservative MPs voted for the amendment, as [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Last week, the House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to introduce a time limit for immigration detention and to end indefinite detention for EU and Swiss nationals. The Bill returns to the House of Commons on [...]

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'Two judges in the immigration court ruled on Wednesday that three of the home secretary’s #detention policies breached human rights rules'.


People who arrive in the UK seeking asylum should be housed in our communities and welcomed, just as resettled refugees are. Many people seeking asylum have no safe way to travel here. Seeking asylum is not against the law. Proposals to isolate them are cruel and discriminatory.

Conditions at military barracks housing asylum seekers 'utterly unacceptable', says the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration. #NapierBarracks https://news.sky.com/story/serious-error-of-judgement-to-use-army-bases-in-kent-and-wales-to-house-asylum-seekers-12277749?dcmp=snt-sf-twitter

People going through the UK's immigration detention estate often have experienced trauma and upheaval in their lives.

On top of this they must deal with being held in detention for indefinite lengths of time. The cycle of harm must stop.

#Time4aTimeLimit #ThereAreAlternatives

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