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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: 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, [...]

“This is not a party issue”: MPs say it’s #Time4aTimeLimit

Image by @Carcazan The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill is currently on its way through Parliament, despite the chaos going on around it. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the House of Commons Committee Stage, which will involve several [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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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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