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 put it, ‘We are protecting the community’. Yet there is also abundant [...]

Morton Hall Detention Centre to close next year

We've just seen the welcome news that Morton Hall Detention Centre is due to close next year. And we're keen to promote the blog post just put out by one of our members, AVID with a quote from another of our members, the Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group.

APPG on Immigration Detention

We are really excited at the development co-ordinated by Medical Justice setting up an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention. We think this is a really welcome initiative, and it is great to see over 35 Parliamentarians from across the Parties and in both Houses as members of this [...]

BID response to Home Office position paper against a Time Limit

Last week in all of the activity building up to the debate in the House of Commons on the Report stage of the Immigration Bill, the Home Office published a 'media factsheet: detention time limits'. It is worth a quick look to see how the Home Office sets out its [...]

Time Limit – the campaign continues

We were really disappointed to see that the amendments tabled by David Davis MP, despite attracting wide cross-party support, were defeated at Report stage of the Immigration Bill last week in Parliament. But we were really taken by the thread of tweets on the day from one of our members, [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

David Davis MP has re-tabled his amendments to the Immigration Bill on detention in readiness for Report stage, which may be as early as next week. It is so great to see support growing cross-party for these amendments, including now from the following Conservative MPs: Steve Baker MP, Andrew Mitchell [...]

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 [...]

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