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.

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 [...]

Time Limit – the campaign continues

We were really disappointed to see that the amendments tabled by David Davis MP, despite attracting wide cross-party support, were defeated at Report stage of the Immigration Bill last week in Parliament. But we were really taken by [...]

Time Limit – Immigration Bill update

David Davis MP has re-tabled his amendments to the Immigration Bill on detention in readiness for Report stage, which may be as early as next week. It is so great to see support growing cross-party for these amendments, [...]

Detention in Scotland

The current Covid-19 crisis has prompted a lot of reflection among organisations like SDV that support and advocate for people affected by immigration detention. Ali McGinley in an earlier blog for Detention Forum discussed how the recent large [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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🗣“If you’re one of the vast majority of refugees who get to the UK via unofficial routes, you face prison-like camps, deportation, even jail.”

Essential reading by our @nadiaiona on the dangers of gov’s Borders Bill - going through Parliament this month.

Home Office admits that Borders Bill won't stop channel crossings and has significant scope for discrimination.
Solution: #SafeRoutes

It really is that simple.


This is an amazing resource for people stuck in the UK's terrible asylum and immigration system and for people supporting them.

Govt uses pandemic as excuse for its excessive and obscene reliance on locking people up for administrative convenience. And engages in culture wars to defend the indefensible.
The Govt must stop ignoring the suffering caused by terrible policies.


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