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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.


What do these immigration detention statistics tell us?

What do these immigration detention statistics tell us? 24 February 2017 The immigration detention statistics published yesterday show no sign that significant and coherent detention reform is being implemented by the Home Office. The two recent major inquiries into [...]

Unlocking Detention 2016 ended, but our work continues

Unlocking Detention 2016 ended, but our work continues  5 Jan 2017 A long three-month marathon of #unlocked16 ended on International Migrants Day, 18 December 2016.  The Detention Forum’s flagship project, Unlocking Detention, is a virtual tour of the [...]

Another 100 beds at Gatwick site: expansion by stealth?

18 August 2016 In Stephen Shaw’s substantive review of detention earlier this year, it did not go unnoticed that the scale of immigration detention in the UK had increased without any strategic plan, or statement of purpose. He [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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"Some years have passed now but I still struggle every time I recall my detention experience, as it takes me back to my memories of torture."

Indefinite #detention is hugely retraumatising for people who have survived torture. It's #Time4aTimeLimit


We're calling for a #28daylimit to bring an end to indefinite detention in the UK. The government detains nearly 30,000 people every year. #Time4atimelimit

Congratulations to Liverpool City Council, who just became the fifth local authority (after Manchester, Cambridge, Brighton & Hove and Islington) to stand officially against indefinite #detention! Who will be next?!

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