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.


Alongside so many people in the country and across the world, we are appalled at the human tragedy which is rapidly unfolding in Afghanistan. As a result of the great work that many of our members are doing [...]

APPG inquiry into ‘quasi detention’

We are delighted to see that the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention has launched an inquiry into the UK Government’s use of large-scale institutional sites, such as former military barracks and a temporarily ‘de-designated’ Immigration [...]

Use of former army barracks

At our members' meeting last month, we heard from two of our members, Kent Refugee Help and Samphire, about the recent use of army barracks in Kent to accommodate people seeking asylum. Our members are really concerned at [...]

Proposed new detention centre

We were very disappointed, when we were alerted by one of our members recently, about a proposed new detention centre in the North East. The Northern Echo reported that Government plans to scrap a residential development in favour of [...]

New members

Over the last few months we have been having a series of conversations with organisations which are interested in our work and wanted to explore membership of our Forum. And we are delighted that Action Foundation, Ben and [...]

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#ActNow The #BordersBill will discriminate against refugees, criminalising those seeking asylum + putting them at risk of imprisonment. People in need of kindness + compassion will be sent to offshore processing centres at great risk to their wellbeing.

People facing removal from the UK are being placed “at risk of death” as they are “routinely denied” proper access to justice.
The system for providing legal advice to people in immigration detention forces them to rely on “less than competent” lawyers. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/detention-legal-advice-deportation-removal-uk-b1936785.html

The High Court has ruled that trafficking survivors in legal limbo, w/o the ability to work, study or access benefits, should be granted leave to remain in the UK. This will enable them to access support needed to recover from their traumatic experiences. https://www.freedomunited.org/news/landmark-judgment-trafficking-survivors/

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