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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.


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 [...]

Latest detention statistics: Much room for improvement

Last week, the Home Office published its latest immigration statistics. https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/1101524017373163521 As Scottish Detainee Visitors point out, there are some reasons for optimism. True to its promise, the Home Office has made significant progress in decreasing the number of [...]

Lord Ramsbotham named as fifth ‘Detention Forum Champion’

Lord Ramsbotham, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and a crossbench peer, has been named Detention Forum Champion in recognition of his ongoing work on detention reform. Lord Ramsbotham joins Labour’s Paul Blomfield MP, SNP Stuart McDonald MP, [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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@OurCommons Select committee have released their report on #ImmigrationDetention in the UK...among their findings they recommend @GOVUK #EndIndefiniteDetention https://t.co/9PCoSb5yBF

Deep failures in Britain’s barbaric detention system are costing people’s lives. The Government must commit to a 28 day time limit on detention as a first step towards ending this inhumane system for good. #Time4aTimeLimit https://t.co/qVfkvFEbcZ

The @CommonsHomeAffs, in their report on immigration detention, noted the Home Office's 'cavalier' approach to decisions to detain. They linked this to the fact that officials do not meet the people who are being deprived of their liberty. #EndIndefiniteDetention #Time4aTimeLimit

Tarek Chowdhury was murdered in Colnbrook IRC in 2016. ‘Chowdhury’s family said after the inquest: “These proceedings have shown us that the systems are broken and that it is time for agencies to do some soul searching.’

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