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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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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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