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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.


Will the new Minister listen to us?

Will the new Minister listen to us and work with us to change this immigration detention system? https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/948509351760875522 While 2017 ended with a welcome news of the closure of the Verne detention centre, 2018 opened with a change [...]

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Read the story of a security official who was helping to protect Princess Anne and was then held in immigration detention.

“The Home Office policy of detain now and ask questions later is ruining the lives of families and must be reviewed”- his barrister, Nishan Paramjorthy.

'Unveiling Detention and Health Care on the Island of Hungry Ghosts'.
Read one of our volunteer Max's commentary and film review on health care and the politics of visibility in detention @RoutedM https://t.co/MF3tGXJnmc


“Winston would rather risk paralysis from the neck down than go to a hospital for fear that he would be discharged to immigration detention and possibly deportation.” Read more on ‘Winston’ here:


The cost of unlawful detention:
2016/17 3.3 millions
2015/16 4.1 millions
2014/15 4.0 millions
2013/14 4.8 millions
2012/13 5.0 millions


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