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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.


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 [...]

Detention reform: Shaw’s progress review in context

Stephen Shaw’s follow up review on the UK’s immigration detention system – Assessment of government progress in implementing the report on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons – was published on 24 July 2018. This was intended as a [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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Do you think the government should build a replacement to Colnbrook and Harmondsoworth #detention centres, if/when Heathrow Airport's new runway is built? We don't think so. Find out how to oppose this plan and say no to a replacement centre.


A proposed inquiry into the abuse of people at Brook House IRC does not go far enough, the High Court has ruled.

Blog by @mckinneytweets at @freemovementlaw: https://t.co/dZPDlEB8vm

2017 @BBCPanorama programme highlighted serious issues at Brook House: https://t.co/LMdXZQoxOx

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This week is #RefugeeWeek and as such we're posting our #28for28 videos, telling the tales of those who have suffered under the UK's policy of indefinite detention. Watch/listen to The Appellant's Tale by David Herd, read by Maxine Peake: https://t.co/4IahfP2M04

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