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.

New: guest blog posts

We are really keen at Detention Forum over the next few months to seek out guest blog posts for our blog to encourage a wider debate to challenge the use of immigration detention in the UK. We will [...]

Towards a new theory of change

Over the last decade or so, our theory of change has been really important to us at Detention Forum. In a nut shell, this is a document that we worked on together, which sets out how we thought [...]

Jonathan Ellis will be our new Project Director

We are very pleased to announce that Jonathan Ellis will be our new Project Director. Jonathan has years of experience as an advocacy campaign director, strategist and teacher and has long supported our work. You can read his profile [...]

Consultancy advert: Project Director

22 November 2019 The Detention Forum is seeking an expression of interest from consultants to provide services as a new Project Director. The Detention Forum is an advocacy network of over 40 groups which challenges the UK’s use [...]

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"It is right, morally, that we should treat people equally, wherever they come from, whether they are UK citizens or not. With that in mind, we really should be working towards ending indefinite detention," said @SteveBakerHW

#SetHerFree #Time4ATimeLimit

Hugely disappointing result yesterday as MPs voted against the amendment to the #ImmigrationBill that would put a 28-day time limit on detention.

No one should be locked up indefinitely. This inhumane practice must be ended in the UK.

We will keep pushing for change #SetHerFree

We guess many of our friends and supporters might be short on hope for a future without #ImmigrationDetention. Don't despair! Walk your way to hope with our friends @RefugeeTales online 3-5 July


More thoughts about a better immigration system from in his new book, Welcome to Britain. Like the idea of 'citizen in waiting'. Might we be less likely to imprison people indefinitely if we thought of them this way?


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