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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.


Join our team! Social media volunteers needed

Social media volunteers needed!  Deadline 10 September 2018 We are looking for enthusiastic and curious volunteers who have a deep interest in and commitment to challenging immigration detention and promoting migrants' rights, and can help us increase our social media presence. This [...]

Detention reform: Shaw’s progress review in context

Stephen Shaw’s follow up review on the UK’s immigration detention system – Assessment of government progress in implementing the report on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons – was published on 24 July 2018. This was intended as [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

Go to the Unlocked website

Get in touch

The immigration detention system is in desperate need for reform, join us by following #Unlocked18 to find out more.

Hear the poem by Red, an expert-by-experience, written in Colnbrook IRC. It was inspired by the impossibility of communicating with members of his family while he was held in detention. #Unlocked18

Listen to 'When I become untamed', written and recorded by Red of #FreedVoices @DetentionAction while he was detained in #Colnbrook #detention centre, 'a black hole in deep space'. @DetentionForum #Unlocked18

In the last year, over 26,000 people were detained in the UK under immigration powers. There is no time limit – they had no idea when they would be released. Follow @DetentionForum #Unlocked18 to learn more about immigration #detention in the UK.

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