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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.


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 [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

Go to the Unlocked website

Get in touch

After a short break, the team @DetentionForum is blowing away the cobwebs and cranking up the engine, so that we can resume our work on twitter from next month. Watch this space ....

We are very pleased to announce that @JonathanMHEllis will be our new Project Director!

Find out more about Jonathan here.


As we start our work in 2020, first, we send our greetings to people who are locked up in one of the immigration #detention centres in the UK.

People should be in the community, not in detention. And we continue to work towards our goals. Join us!

Our guess is that Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day won’t mention them, but we will be thinking of thousands of people locked up in immigration #detention today, not knowing when they will be released. And their loved ones who are cruelly separated from them.

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