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.

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 [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Katie Close Consultant Parliamentary Officer  Detention Action Last night the House of Lords voted for the amendment to introduce a statutory 28 day time limit for immigration detention. Speeches were made by Baroness Hamwee, Baroness Bull and Baroness [...]

Overhaul of asylum? A few reflections

Jonathan Ellis, project director at Detention Forum, offers a few individual reflections     With the Home Secretary promising an overhaul of the asylum system in the UK, it is timely to take stock to reflect on why [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Katie Close Consultant Parliamentary Officer  Detention Action   On Monday the House of Lords debated the amendment to introduce a time limit at Committee stage of the Bill. Baroness Hamwee introduced the amendment with her usual eloquence and [...]

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#jobopportunity This is an 18 month fixed-term contract, potentially renewable. @JRSUK particularly welcomes applications from people with personal experience of the asylum system.

The Long Haul addresses the current human rights backlash and how best to respond. It's inspired by modern #HumanRights champion Nigel Rodley. With worldwide screenings, the film aims to foster debate and create space to think and strategise on our future. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-long-haul-the-threat-to-human-rights-in-the-uk-today-tickets-129449124817

The Immigration and Asylum Claims Upper Tribunal (UTIAC) decision to hear cases and rule without the individual appealing present made appeals against decisions and access to legal advice more difficult. As @JCWI_UK says, "Everyone has an equal right to their day in court".

A "ridiculous catch-22 … It makes no sense … The promised change of culture hasn’t happened. When we take the limelight away from the Home Office, they revert back to their old ways.” Ken Morgan https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/22/windrush-victim-refused-british-citizenship-despite-wrongful-passport-confiscation

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