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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.


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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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'Women for Refugee Women' (@4refugeewomen) are just one of the organisations calling for a community-based alternative to indefinite #detention - in the meantime, vulnerable people will continue to be held in prison-like conditions without time limit. #Unlocked18 #Time4aTimeLimit

Last week #Unlocked18 'visited' residential short-term holding facilities and prisons where people are detained under immigration powers. If you missed it,here's a recap of our tour:https://t.co/3a3tUjDlbf

‘Most of those detained are released, with mental health issues and all trust in the community lost.’ Arrey from @FreedVoices at #TheseWallsMustFall Bristol #Unlocked18

In 2017, 77% of those detained in #YarlsWood were given leave to remain in the UK, released or temporarily admitted to the country (source:IMB). Why were they detained in the first place?

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