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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.

No return to normal

Detention Forum was really keen to offer our support to the recent inter-agency letter to the Immigration Minister, Chris Philp MP. Along with 31 other organisations that support and advocate for people going through immigration detention, we wanted [...]

During the time of Covid-19, fear has felt corrosive

Anna Pincus Director, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group   During the time of Covid-19, fear has felt corrosive. Loss of agency has been a defining characteristic of life. For those in detention, total loss of freedom is the norm [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

After the summer recess, the Immigration Bill is due to re-appear in the House of Lords next week. After the disappointment of seeing the Time Limit amendment fail to win a majority in the House of Commons, we [...]

How the UK turned away from immigration detention

Jerome Phelps Strategy and advocacy consultant, and former Director of International Detention Coalition and Detention Action   The summer of 2013 was a very different world. President Obama was on course to sweep to a second term. ‘Brexit’ [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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#jobopportunity This is an 18 month fixed-term contract, potentially renewable. @JRSUK particularly welcomes applications from people with personal experience of the asylum system.

The Long Haul addresses the current human rights backlash and how best to respond. It's inspired by modern #HumanRights champion Nigel Rodley. With worldwide screenings, the film aims to foster debate and create space to think and strategise on our future. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-long-haul-the-threat-to-human-rights-in-the-uk-today-tickets-129449124817

The Immigration and Asylum Claims Upper Tribunal (UTIAC) decision to hear cases and rule without the individual appealing present made appeals against decisions and access to legal advice more difficult. As @JCWI_UK says, "Everyone has an equal right to their day in court".

A "ridiculous catch-22 … It makes no sense … The promised change of culture hasn’t happened. When we take the limelight away from the Home Office, they revert back to their old ways.” Ken Morgan https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/22/windrush-victim-refused-british-citizenship-despite-wrongful-passport-confiscation

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