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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.


Latest detention statistics: Stop tweaking, start reforming

Image by @Carcazan The Home Office published its latest immigration statistics last week. On the same day, the Government was held to account, again, for the harmful impact of its hostile environment policies – this time, the wrongful detention [...]

A matter of fact?

The Home Office’s presentation of the facts about immigration detention is open to question This blog comes from Detention Forum volunteer Gareth, who tweets at @garethglynn. The image is from @Carcazan.  Hot on the heels of the Windrush scandal, [...]

Join the Detention Forum team! Call for social media volunteers

Social media volunteers needed!  Deadline 9 April 2019 We are looking for a couple of enthusiastic and curious volunteers who have a deep interest in and commitment to challenging immigration detention and can help us increase our social media presence. This social [...]

Latest detention statistics: Much room for improvement

Last week, the Home Office published its latest immigration statistics. https://twitter.com/SDVisitors/status/1101524017373163521 As Scottish Detainee Visitors point out, there are some reasons for optimism. True to its promise, the Home Office has made significant progress in decreasing the number of [...]

Lord Ramsbotham named as fifth ‘Detention Forum Champion’

Lord Ramsbotham, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and a crossbench peer, has been named Detention Forum Champion in recognition of his ongoing work on detention reform. Lord Ramsbotham joins Labour’s Paul Blomfield MP, SNP Stuart McDonald MP, [...]

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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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