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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.


Our response to Brook House G4S staff abuse allegations

1 September 2017 The Detention Forum statement in response to the news of G4S suspending its staff as part of abuse investigation. 'We welcome the news that G4S has suspended nine staff members who are being investigated over [...]

Have you read the latest CPT factsheet on Immigration Detention?

Have you read the latest CPT factsheet on Immigration Detention?  In March 2017, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a useful factsheet on immigration detention.  Its secretariat [...]

What will the next Government do about immigration detention?

What will the next Government do about immigration detention?  Who is going to be your next MP?  Ask your parliamentary candidates if they agree it’s #Time4aTimeLimit! The General Election is going to take place on 8 June 2017. This [...]

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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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Read the story of a security official who was helping to protect Princess Anne and was then held in immigration detention.

“The Home Office policy of detain now and ask questions later is ruining the lives of families and must be reviewed”- his barrister, Nishan Paramjorthy.

'Unveiling Detention and Health Care on the Island of Hungry Ghosts'.
Read one of our volunteer Max's commentary and film review on health care and the politics of visibility in detention @RoutedM https://t.co/MF3tGXJnmc


“Winston would rather risk paralysis from the neck down than go to a hospital for fear that he would be discharged to immigration detention and possibly deportation.” Read more on ‘Winston’ here:


The cost of unlawful detention:
2016/17 3.3 millions
2015/16 4.1 millions
2014/15 4.0 millions
2013/14 4.8 millions
2012/13 5.0 millions


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