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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.


Why are bills an important part of a campaign?

Photo by Marcin Nowak on Unsplash As part of the UK’s ‘preparation’ for Brexit, a bill called the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill is currently before Parliament. The purpose of the bill is ‘to end free movement [...]

Is it finally time for a time limit?

Image by @Carcazan The past 18 months have seen a flurry of immigration detention-related inquiries. If nothing else, this makes plain that we still need solutions to the entrenched problems associated with indefinite detention identified by the cross-party parliamentary inquiry [...]

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Hearing directly from people with first-hand experience of detention like @FreedVoices and the women hunger strikers from Yarl’s Wood allowed members of @CommonsHomeAffs to recommend immediate and radical change #Time4aTimeLimit
Gif: @Carcazan


#LGBT asylum seekers "are in the UK seeking safety from persecution, but inside a detention centre they can find themselves locked up among the same people who display the hostile attitudes they tried to escape" - @leilazadeh


When refugees and other migrants reach the UK, the struggle isn’t over.

On reaching the UK, people face a hostile environment.

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'it’s like “Oh there’s a problem with your address? Yeah sorry, come back in 28 days.” That’s a month of someone’s life.’ @JusticeGap piece describing catch-22 trapping people in detention #time4atimelimit

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