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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.


What do these immigration detention statistics tell us?

What do these immigration detention statistics tell us? 24 February 2017 The immigration detention statistics published yesterday show no sign that significant and coherent detention reform is being implemented by the Home Office. The two recent major inquiries into [...]

Unlocking Detention 2016 ended, but our work continues

Unlocking Detention 2016 ended, but our work continues  5 Jan 2017 A long three-month marathon of #unlocked16 ended on International Migrants Day, 18 December 2016.  The Detention Forum’s flagship project, Unlocking Detention, is a virtual tour of the [...]

Another 100 beds at Gatwick site: expansion by stealth?

18 August 2016 In Stephen Shaw’s substantive review of detention earlier this year, it did not go unnoticed that the scale of immigration detention in the UK had increased without any strategic plan, or statement of purpose. He [...]

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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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