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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.

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 [...]

During the time of Covid-19, fear has felt corrosive

Anna Pincus Director, Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group   During the time of Covid-19, fear has felt corrosive. Loss of agency has been a defining characteristic of life. For those in detention, total loss of freedom is the norm [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

After the summer recess, the Immigration Bill is due to re-appear in the House of Lords next week. After the disappointment of seeing the Time Limit amendment fail to win a majority in the House of Commons, we [...]

How the UK turned away from immigration detention

Jerome Phelps Strategy and advocacy consultant, and former Director of International Detention Coalition and Detention Action   The summer of 2013 was a very different world. President Obama was on course to sweep to a second term. ‘Brexit’ [...]

Detention, risk and Covid-19

Dr Anna Lindley Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London   Risk is a key ‘organizing concept’ for immigration control regimes and often comes up when talking about immigration detention. As one UK detention officer [...]

Morton Hall Detention Centre to close next year

We've just seen the welcome news that Morton Hall Detention Centre is due to close next year. And we're keen to promote the blog post just put out by one of our members, AVID with a quote from [...]

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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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