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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.


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The High Court has ruled a Home Office policy relating to victims of trafficking unlawful. It said the policy didn't meet the UK’s obligations to protect victims of trafficking because it failed to ensure that victims were properly identified https://t.co/jT74jniHKt

A perverse court ruling that substantial periods of a mentally ill man’s #detention were unlawful as the Home Office took too long to arrange suitable alternative accommodation undermines the requirement that detention is solely for removal from the UK https://t.co/Ni3Y4Iz4qA

“As long as it is politically convenient to mistreat those who were not born here, one of the great offices of state [the Home Office] will remain synonymous with scandal and cruelty,” says Satbir Singh of @JCWI_UK https://t.co/vNeoTCkcAP

The IMB report on Morton Hall IRC noted 217 acts of self-harm during 2018, “with a number of prolific self-harmers" amongst those detained. The average length of #detention was 2-4 weeks, but a number of people were held more than a year, one for 571 days https://t.co/CUbFeGOL5p

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