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

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 [...]

No return to normal

Detention Forum was really keen to offer our support to the recent inter-agency letter to the Immigration Minister, Chris Philp MP. Along with 31 other organisations that support and advocate for people going through immigration detention, we wanted [...]

During the time of Covid-19, fear has felt corrosive

Anna Pincus Director, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group   During the time of Covid-19, fear has felt corrosive. Loss of agency has been a defining characteristic of life. For those in detention, total loss of freedom is the norm [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

After the summer recess, the Immigration Bill is due to re-appear in the House of Lords next week. After the disappointment of seeing the Time Limit amendment fail to win a majority in the House of Commons, we [...]

How the UK turned away from immigration detention

Jerome Phelps Strategy and advocacy consultant, and former Director of International Detention Coalition and Detention Action   The summer of 2013 was a very different world. President Obama was on course to sweep to a second term. ‘Brexit’ [...]

Detention, risk and Covid-19

Dr Anna Lindley Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London   Risk is a key ‘organizing concept’ for immigration control regimes and often comes up when talking about immigration detention. As one UK detention officer [...]

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.@minnierahman said it best: "It is completely inappropriate that the Home Office is intending to use detention centres—which are essentially prisons—to house people seeking asylum. This is nothing more than shameless rebranding of the detention estate."


People who've crossed the channel need support & kindness. Not to be locked up in a high security detention centre that's been rife with reports of self-harm.

@ukhomeoffice must urgently clarify their plans for Morton Hall.

More from @JamieGrierson: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/24/migrants-who-crossed-channel-could-be-sent-to-detention-centre

“It is within your power to right this wrong, to put an end to our detention, deportation & humiliation.

@PTI_News reporting on the letter sent to @BorisJohnson by students whose lives were devastated six years ago.

#MyFutureBack #migrantvoices


"After my friends were deported, we could hear the very same guards laughing and drinking all night till 4 am. As if they were celebrating the deportation. What is this racism?"


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