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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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.@Medical_Justice vision: the harm being caused by IRCs is so widespread that the only solution is to close them down. Read their annual report on a pre-Covid year. Really, let's not go back to this normal.


Great article that helps us imagine what it must be like for a child to be taken to immigration #detention. Also brilliant to think that 'paperless' young people are speaking out.



Totally inspired by the ways campaigners and activists are managing still to make their voices heard in our socially distancing times.

A new evaluation report of EPIM-funded Alternative To Detention pilots is now available! The report provides new evidence that #detention of #migrants is not the solution, and that humane and effective alternatives are possible: https://bit.ly/30ft0u9

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