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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.


Why a 28 day time limit on immigration detention?

Image by @Carcazan Earlier today, Sir Stephen Shaw gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Committee. I was half listening to the section of the session which touched on the issue of a time limit – I will [...]

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 a [...]

The wait is over: The second Shaw Review is finally published

In this guest blog, originally published by Scottish Detainee Visitors, SDV director, Kate Alexander, takes a look at the follow up to 2016’s Shaw Review and presents an overview of its findings. Last week the Government finally published Sir [...]

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Many of us are enjoying the long weekend and (hopefully) nice weather! But, sadly, thousands of people will spend it held in places like this, across the uk, with no idea how long they'll be held for.

It's time to #EndIndefiniteDetention

It's #Time4aTimeLimit

Almost every day, a person in a UK immigration #detention centre is admitted to hospital. Our FOI to the Home Office confirmed what we knew, but how much do you know about detention in the UK? #StopDetainingSurvivors
Get yourself up to speed with our blog:https://t.co/VayXPVQ4bj

The latest report from @HMIPrisonsnews on Colnbrook IRC had some concerning points about the situation inside. Once again, the report repeated it is #Time4aTimeLimit to end indefinite detention.

You can read the rest of the report here: https://t.co/08jdgr2tKm

TW: suicide, self harm.

An FOI request from @FreefromTorture shows that 541 people in immigration detention were on suicide watch last year. Michael, an expert by experience, discusses how his mental health suffered in the long term even once he was released. #Time4aTimeLimit

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