General reports


Dr Anna Rowlands for JRS UK (2019) For our welfare and not for our harm: a faith-based report on the experience of the refugee and refugee support community at JRS UK 2017–2019

BID (2019) “Nothing good comes from detention”: Voices from detention

Home Affairs Committee (2019) Immigration detention

Joint Committee on Human Rights (2019) Immigration detention

Joint Committee on Human Rights (2018) Windrush generation detention (you can also see the Government’s response and the National Audit Office’s report on the Handling of the Windrush situation)

Verita (2018) Independent investigation into concerns about Brook House immigration removal centre

House of Commons Library (2018) Immigration detention in the UK: an overview

Stephen Shaw (2018) Assessment of government progress in implementing the report on the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons (the Home Secretary’s response is available here and here)

British Red Cross (2018) Never truly free: The humanitarian impact of the UK immigration detention system

Amnesty International (2017) A matter of routine: The use of immigration detention in the UK

Stephen Shaw (2016) Review into the welfare in detention of vulnerable persons (the Minister for Immigration’s response is available here)

Migration Observatory (2016) Briefing: Immigration detention in the UK

APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration (2015) Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom

House of Commons Library Briefing Paper (2015) Immigration detention: An overview

Detention Action (2014) The State of Detention: Immigration detention in the UK in 2014

Detention Action, Flemish Refugee Action, France Terre d’Asile, Menedek and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (2014) Point of no return: The futile detention of unreturnable migrants

Detention Action (2010) No release no return no reason: Challenging indefinite detention

BID (2009) Out of sight, out of mind: Experiences of immigration detention in the UK

Detention Action (2009) Detained lives: The real cost of indefinite immigration detention

Health, vulnerability and death in detention


After Exploitation (2019) Supported or deported? Understanding the deportation and detention data held on human trafficking and slavery

Women for Refugee Women (2019) “From one hell to another” The detention of Chinese women who have been trafficked to the UK

JRS UK (2018) Survivors of Trafficking in Immigration Detention

BID (2018) Adults at Risk: The ongoing struggle for vulnerable adults in detention

Medical Justice (2018) Putting adults at risk: A guide to understanding the Home Office’s “Adults at Risk” policy and its history

British Medical Association (2017) Locked up, locked out: Health and human rights in immigration detention

Centre for Mental Health (2017) Immigration Removal Centres in England: A mental health needs analysis

Detention Action (2017) Trafficked into detention: How victims of trafficking are missed in detention

European Network on Statelessness (2016) Protecting stateless persons from arbitrary detention in the UK

Medical Justice (2016) Death in immigration detention: 2000-2015

UKLGIG and Stonewall (2016) No safe refuge: Experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in detention

Detention Forum, AVID and Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (2015) Rethinking ‘vulnerability’ in detention: A crisis of harm

Healthwatch and Medical Justice (2014) Healthwatch and immigration removal centres: Asylum seekers in detention centres

Medical Justice (2013) Mental Health in Immigration Detention Working Group: Initial report

AVID, BID and The Detention Forum (2012) Positive duty of care? The mental health crisis in immigration detention

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (2012) A prison in the mind: The mental health implications of detention in Brook House Immigration Removal Centre

Medical Justice (2012) The second torture: The immigration detention of torture victims

Medical Justice (2011) Denied and detained: The clinical care of people living with HIV in immigration detention

JRS Europe (2010) Becoming vulnerable in detention

Access to justice and the rule of law in detention
Immigration detention in prisons
The Detained Fast Track
Women, children and families in detention
Alternatives to detention
Parliamentary briefings


Various organisations including BIDDetention ActionGDWGLibertyMedical Justice, the Refugee CouncilUKLGIG and Women for Refugee Women produce regular submissions and parliamentary briefings, and AVID provides a comprehensive summary of recent events.