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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.

News

After Theresa May?

Photo by Zhifei Zhou on Unsplash Living under Theresa May’s reign as migrants was like a nightmare, and its catastrophic impact has not ended. After May’s dramatic resignation speech on 24 May, 'Hostile Environment' policies continue. And the [...]

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 [...]

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#Unlocked

Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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One of our wonderful volunteers @CCionnfhaolaidh reflects on her experience of #Unlocked19 and what she has learnt reporting on #Colnbrook and #Harmondsworth. (illustration by: @Carcazan)

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Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job: Read what the @SDVisitors volunteers say about their experience as they witness what’s happening to people locked up in #Dungavel. #Unlocked19

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts over what immigration #detention meant to you during #Unlocked19. Here is what the Home Affairs Committee said in its report earlier this year. You can also browse through the gallery on our website.

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As more #detention centres are closed, visitors’ groups shift their focus to what’s next. Clara Della Croce, from @AsylumWelcome explains to Unlocking Detention what Asylum Welcome did after the closure of #Campsfield centre in Oxfordshire. #Unlocked19
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