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 [...]

No return to normal

Detention Forum was really keen to offer our support to the recent inter-agency letter to the Immigration Minister, Chris Philp MP. Along with 31 other organisations that support and advocate for people going through immigration detention, we wanted [...]

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"The throwaway levels of protection, reception centres and other hostile policies outlined by Ministers are the result of decision making steeped in systemic racism and colonial thinking that racialises refugees and ignores their stories." - @RefugeeAction

"These cruel, unworkable and potentially unlawful plans bulldoze the right to claim asylum and tear up our international and moral obligations to some of the world’s most vulnerable people."

Our response to today's #QueensSpeech.



The govt's cruel proposals, announced in the #QueensSpeech, will make it even harder for LGBTQI+ people who are fleeing persecution to get safety in the UK.

Instead, what we need is a kinder and fairer asylum system so that we can better support everyone in need of protection.

Priti Patel’s ''New Plan for Immigration'' talks about fairness & care, but in reality it is about more enforcement, detention and criminalisation. It is the Hostile Environment 2.0!
But, we have a better plan, based on dignity and justice: https://firmcharter.org.uk

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