News 2017-11-27T14:51:04+00:00

Latest detention statistics: Much room for improvement

Last week, the Home Office published its latest immigration statistics. 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 people in detention. Announcing the closure of Campsfield immigration detention centre in [...]

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, Conservative Caroline Spelman MP, and Liberal Democrat Baroness Hamwee in a distinguished [...]

Joint Committee on Human Rights calls for a 28 day time limit on detention

Image by @Carcazan Earlier this month, the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) published its long-awaited report on immigration detention. This report marks the culmination of an inquiry that began in July 2018 and received 64 written submissions, as well as oral evidence from experts-by-experience, detention sector organisations, independent monitoring [...]

“This is not a party issue”: MPs say it’s #Time4aTimeLimit

Image by @Carcazan The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill is currently on its way through Parliament, despite the chaos going on around it. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the House of Commons Committee Stage, which will involve several days of discussion about various aspects of the Bill, ending on 7 [...]

Why are bills an important part of a campaign?

Photo by Marcin Nowak on Unsplash As part of the UK’s ‘preparation’ for Brexit, a bill called the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill is currently before Parliament. The purpose of the bill is ‘to end free movement of persons into the UK and make European Union (EU), European Economic [...]