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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.


Why are bills an important part of a campaign?

Photo by Marcin Nowak on Unsplash As part of the UK’s ‘preparation’ for Brexit, a bill called the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill is currently before Parliament. The purpose of the bill is ‘to end free movement [...]

Is it finally time for a time limit?

Image by @Carcazan The past 18 months have seen a flurry of immigration detention-related inquiries. If nothing else, this makes plain that we still need solutions to the entrenched problems associated with indefinite detention identified by the cross-party parliamentary inquiry [...]

Campsfield Detention Centre to close in May 2019

Image courtesy of Campaign to Close Campsfield The Home Office announced today that Campsfield detention centre will close by May 2019, as part of the detention reform programme announced by the Home Secretary in July 2018 in response to [...]

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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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