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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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🗣“If you’re one of the vast majority of refugees who get to the UK via unofficial routes, you face prison-like camps, deportation, even jail.”

Essential reading by our @nadiaiona on the dangers of gov’s Borders Bill - going through Parliament this month.
https://www.huckmag.com/perspectives/opinion-perspectives/the-borders-bill-is-a-violent-solution-to-an-imaginary-crisis/

Home Office admits that Borders Bill won't stop channel crossings and has significant scope for discrimination.
Solution: #SafeRoutes

It really is that simple.

https://bit.ly/3tRz0Gr

This is an amazing resource for people stuck in the UK's terrible asylum and immigration system and for people supporting them.

Govt uses pandemic as excuse for its excessive and obscene reliance on locking people up for administrative convenience. And engages in culture wars to defend the indefensible.
The Govt must stop ignoring the suffering caused by terrible policies.

https://bit.ly/39e5Bgf

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