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.

Overhaul of asylum? A few reflections

Jonathan Ellis, project director at Detention Forum, offers a few individual reflections     With the Home Secretary promising an overhaul of the asylum system in the UK, it is timely to take stock to reflect on why [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Katie Close Consultant Parliamentary Officer  Detention Action   On Monday the House of Lords debated the amendment to introduce a time limit at Committee stage of the Bill. Baroness Hamwee introduced the amendment with her usual eloquence and [...]

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’ [...]

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It is time for change. Everyone must be freed from immigration detention, or we will see more deaths from COVID19.

With @MigrantFreedom we called on US & UK governments to do this in summer- since there have been at least 4,000 more cases in detention


I contacted the HO earlier after hearing reports that 100+ people in Napier had Covid

Their response has been to BLAME the residents

They are 20+ to a dorm. You can’t expect that many people to sit in one room for 10 days. They should not have been put in this risky situation https://twitter.com/maybulman/status/1351226883531280394

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“The home secretary herself this week urged people to ‘play your part’ in the fight against coronavirus. At this critical moment she must now do the right thing and release everybody held in immigration detention." Pierre Makhlouf, @BIDdetention https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jan/15/new-covid-outbreak-harmondsworth-uk-immigration-removal-centre

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