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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.

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 [...]

APPG on Immigration Detention

We are really excited at the development co-ordinated by Medical Justice setting up an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention. We think this is a really welcome initiative, and it is great to see over 35 Parliamentarians [...]

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& yet the Govt has intro'd the Nationality & Borders Bill based on this plan: 'The Government recognises that building a system that is fair but firm will require tough decisions, some of which may be unpopular with certain individuals and/or groups.' 3/3 https://tinyurl.com/5bpnk9w2

Dear Home Secretary, we thought we'd remind you of the definition of consultation: seek information or advice from (someone, especially an expert or professional).

https://bit.ly/3hTKzsl

/2 Re consultation
respondents were self-selecting. Given this, they may skew towards those who have strong views on the proposals & were motivated to express these views. Responses cannot be viewed as being representative of all stakeholders and the public population as a whole.

A short thread on Home Office 'Lessons Learned'.
From Govt response to Windrush lessons learned: "We want the public to see and agree that we are genuinely listening to communities and experts and acting on what we hear." /1

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