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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.


Has child immigration detention ended in the UK?

3 July 2019 Has child immigration detention ended in the UK? This is a question we get asked sporadically. Ending child detention was such a huge campaign around 2009 and 2010. Now few people seem to pay much [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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One of our wonderful volunteers @CCionnfhaolaidh reflects on her experience of #Unlocked19 and what she has learnt reporting on #Colnbrook and #Harmondsworth. (illustration by: @Carcazan)


Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job: Read what the @SDVisitors volunteers say about their experience as they witness what’s happening to people locked up in #Dungavel. #Unlocked19


Thank you for sharing your thoughts over what immigration #detention meant to you during #Unlocked19. Here is what the Home Affairs Committee said in its report earlier this year. You can also browse through the gallery on our website.


As more #detention centres are closed, visitors’ groups shift their focus to what’s next. Clara Della Croce, from @AsylumWelcome explains to Unlocking Detention what Asylum Welcome did after the closure of #Campsfield centre in Oxfordshire. #Unlocked19

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