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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.


Detention oversight: Submitting evidence to a Select Committee

Over the past few years, immigration detention has been the focus of increasing government and parliamentary scrutiny. This year, Stephen Shaw published his follow-up review into welfare in detention, and inquiries were launched by the Home Affairs Committee [...]

Join our team! Social media volunteers needed

Social media volunteers needed!  Deadline 10 September 2018 We are looking for enthusiastic and curious volunteers who have a deep interest in and commitment to challenging immigration detention and promoting migrants' rights, and can help us increase our social media presence. This [...]

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 [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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This week Unlocking Detention's stop is at #Dungavel, Scotland's only #detention centre.

Incredibly isolated and difficult to access, Dungavel sits more than 30 miles from Glasgow, no local bus and the railway station is 14 miles away.

Many thanks to everyone who has joined us on this year's virtual tour of immigration #detention in the UK. It has been quite a journey. We hope it has been eye-opening!

Just a couple of days of rounding up Unlocking Detention next week & then we'll be back in 2019.


Take a look at @SDVisitors' summary of the latest @HMIPrisonsnews
report on #Dungavel:


#Unlocked18 #Time4aTimeLimit

What a visit means in #detention: "For someone like me who has no one to visit me, seeing you on visiting days is amazing." #Unlocked18 #Time4aTimeLimit #Dungavel

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