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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.


Campsfield Detention Centre to close in May 2019

Image courtesy of Campaign to Close Campsfield The Home Office announced today that Campsfield detention centre will close by May 2019, as part of the detention reform programme announced by the Home Secretary in July 2018 in response to [...]

Refugee Tales: 28 tales for 28 days

This is a guest post featuring Refugee Tales’ campaign 28 Tales for 28 Days, which runs for a month from 11 September 2018. During this time, Refugee Tales is releasing 28 tales online – one each day over 28 days – [...]

Why a 28 day time limit on immigration detention?

Image by @Carcazan Earlier today, Sir Stephen Shaw gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee. I was half listening to the section of the session which touched on the issue of a time limit – I will [...]

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@OurCommons Select committee have released their report on #ImmigrationDetention in the UK...among their findings they recommend @GOVUK #EndIndefiniteDetention https://t.co/9PCoSb5yBF

Deep failures in Britain’s barbaric detention system are costing people’s lives. The Government must commit to a 28 day time limit on detention as a first step towards ending this inhumane system for good. #Time4aTimeLimit https://t.co/qVfkvFEbcZ

The @CommonsHomeAffs, in their report on immigration detention, noted the Home Office's 'cavalier' approach to decisions to detain. They linked this to the fact that officials do not meet the people who are being deprived of their liberty. #EndIndefiniteDetention #Time4aTimeLimit

Tarek Chowdhury was murdered in Colnbrook IRC in 2016. ‘Chowdhury’s family said after the inquest: “These proceedings have shown us that the systems are broken and that it is time for agencies to do some soul searching.’

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