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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.

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Yesterday in the House of Commons the time limit amendment was defeated by 64 votes (328 to 264). We knew that success looked unlikely, but the government majority was reduced, four Conservative MPs voted for the amendment, as [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Last week, the House of Lords voted in favour of an amendment to introduce a time limit for immigration detention and to end indefinite detention for EU and Swiss nationals. The Bill returns to the House of Commons on [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Katie Close Consultant Parliamentary Officer  Detention Action Last night the House of Lords voted for the amendment to introduce a statutory 28 day time limit for immigration detention. Speeches were made by Baroness Hamwee, Baroness Bull and Baroness [...]

Overhaul of asylum? A few reflections

Jonathan Ellis, project director at Detention Forum, offers a few individual reflections     With the Home Secretary promising an overhaul of the asylum system in the UK, it is timely to take stock to reflect on why [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

Katie Close Consultant Parliamentary Officer  Detention Action   On Monday the House of Lords debated the amendment to introduce a time limit at Committee stage of the Bill. Baroness Hamwee introduced the amendment with her usual eloquence 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.
https://act.refugeecouncil.org.uk/campaign/fight-governments-callous-anti-refugee-bill

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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