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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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/immigration-raids-on-care-homes-continued-during-lockdown-figures-show-b1993221.html

It's stats like these that really show the inhumanity at the heart of the 'hostile environment'.

These raids are a chilling use of the state apparatus at the detriment of public health in one of the greatest health crises of our times. Inhuman.

#asylum

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/child-refugees-missing-hotels-home-office-uk-b1974945.html

20 unoccupied minors missing in less than 5 months.

1 child missing from unregulated government hotels per week.

The govt has a duty of care for these children, and incompetence and negligence is endangering them again.

It isn't good enough.

#asylum

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jan/14/the-dreadful-cost-of-a-broken-asylum-system

"More than half her adult life wasted, living in the shadows, with no money, limited social contact, no self-respect."

This is the cost for migrating people forced into our broken asylum system.

#YouAreWelcomeHere

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