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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.


Revisiting the first Shaw Review

4th June 2018 As we wait with bated breath for the results of Stephen Shaw’s second review of immigration detention, it’s worth taking some time to revisit his first. A former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, Shaw was commissioned [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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Thank you to the brave participants who shared their stories with @BritishRedCross

Sabir, Emmanuel and Aniso stories are part of nearly 30,000 who enter immigration detention yearly

Whilst Britain remains the only country in the EU with no time life it's time to call for change

It's a place where they shouldn't keep people because you might go in there mentally okay, but by the time you leave, you're not mentally fine. It's really not a good place to be in - Aniso


Emmanuel is 63 years old and from Tanzania. He was also detained unexpectedly as he went to report he was told that he will be taken to Verne detention centre.

He was detained for four months


One of those interviewed by @BritishRedCross is Sabir

He fled Pakistan in fear of his life and arrived in 2004. His asylum was denied 'I was very scared because I don't know the rules, the regulations and laws'

He was detained for 6 months as he went to report to authorities

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