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.

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

David Davis MP has re-tabled his amendments to the Immigration Bill on detention in readiness for Report stage, which may be as early as next week. It is so great to see support growing cross-party for these amendments, [...]

Detention in Scotland

The current Covid-19 crisis has prompted a lot of reflection among organisations like SDV that support and advocate for people affected by immigration detention. Ali McGinley in an earlier blog for Detention Forum discussed how the recent large [...]

Recruiting new Detention Forum volunteers

At Detention Forum, we have a dynamic and committed team of volunteers, who help us to engage with our 12,000+ followers on Twitter and many, many more people. The current team of 7 volunteers come from a range [...]

Time limit – Immigration Bill update

The cross-party group of MPs promoting the time limit amendments to the Immigration Bill are keen to ensure proper debate of these amendments at Report stage. So, we understand that they have decided to withdraw these amendments for [...]

An End to Immigration Detention?

Over the last two members’ meetings at Detention Forum, we have been having a discussion about our ultimate goal in the context of our new theory of change. Some members welcomed the chance to focus on a bigger [...]

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"It is right, morally, that we should treat people equally, wherever they come from, whether they are UK citizens or not. With that in mind, we really should be working towards ending indefinite detention," said @SteveBakerHW

#SetHerFree #Time4ATimeLimit

Hugely disappointing result yesterday as MPs voted against the amendment to the #ImmigrationBill that would put a 28-day time limit on detention.

No one should be locked up indefinitely. This inhumane practice must be ended in the UK.

We will keep pushing for change #SetHerFree

We guess many of our friends and supporters might be short on hope for a future without #ImmigrationDetention. Don't despair! Walk your way to hope with our friends @RefugeeTales online 3-5 July


More thoughts about a better immigration system from in his new book, Welcome to Britain. Like the idea of 'citizen in waiting'. Might we be less likely to imprison people indefinitely if we thought of them this way?


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