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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.


Detention reform: Shaw’s progress review in context

Stephen Shaw’s follow up review on the UK’s immigration detention system – Assessment of government progress in implementing the report on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons – was published on 24 July 2018. This was intended as a [...]

The wait is over: The second Shaw Review is finally published

In this guest blog, originally published by Scottish Detainee Visitors, SDV director, Kate Alexander, takes a look at the follow up to 2016’s Shaw Review and presents an overview of its findings. Last week the Government finally published Sir [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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@OurCommons Select committee have released their report on #ImmigrationDetention in the UK...among their findings they recommend @GOVUK #EndIndefiniteDetention https://t.co/9PCoSb5yBF

Deep failures in Britain’s barbaric detention system are costing people’s lives. The Government must commit to a 28 day time limit on detention as a first step towards ending this inhumane system for good. #Time4aTimeLimit https://t.co/qVfkvFEbcZ

The @CommonsHomeAffs, in their report on immigration detention, noted the Home Office's 'cavalier' approach to decisions to detain. They linked this to the fact that officials do not meet the people who are being deprived of their liberty. #EndIndefiniteDetention #Time4aTimeLimit

Tarek Chowdhury was murdered in Colnbrook IRC in 2016. ‘Chowdhury’s family said after the inquest: “These proceedings have shown us that the systems are broken and that it is time for agencies to do some soul searching.’

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