Detention in Scotland

The current Covid-19 crisis has prompted a lot of reflection among organisations like SDV that support and advocate for people affected by immigration detention. Ali McGinley in an earlier blog for Detention Forum discussed how the recent large scale releases from detention and the current low occupancy of the detention [...]

Recruiting new Detention Forum volunteers

At Detention Forum, we have a dynamic and committed team of volunteers, who help us to engage with our 12,000+ followers on Twitter and many, many more people. The current team of 7 volunteers come from a range of backgrounds including students, researchers, activists from our member groups, and communications [...]

Time limit – Immigration Bill update

The cross-party group of MPs promoting the time limit amendments to the Immigration Bill are keen to ensure proper debate of these amendments at Report stage. So, we understand that they have decided to withdraw these amendments for the time being, and then to re-table them for Report stage. In [...]

An End to Immigration Detention?

Over the last two members’ meetings at Detention Forum, we have been having a discussion about our ultimate goal in the context of our new theory of change. Some members welcomed the chance to focus on a bigger change objective; while others were concerned that this will dilute the focus, [...]

“Visiting” detention during COVID 19: a glimpse into the future?

It is an understatement to say that the crisis we find ourselves in has changed everything. We’ve all had to adapt to lockdown conditions while trying to make sense of the scale of what is happening.  But we are no longer in the initial shock phase. Like many other organisations, [...]

Time Limit Amendments to Immigration Bill

David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden) has recently tabled amendments to the Immigration Bill to introduce a time limit for immigration detention. These are the amendments, which came so close to succeeding in the last Parliament. His amendments are receiving strong cross party support across the House of Commons. [...]

New statistics – Covid-19 and immigration

Last week the Home Office released new statistics 'relating to Covid-19 and the immigration system.' They are worth a look to see what has been happening since the outbreak of the pandemic in the UK. You'll see that the number of people in the detention estate has fallen since the [...]

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