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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.


Campsfield Detention Centre to close in May 2019

Image courtesy of Campaign to Close Campsfield The Home Office announced today that Campsfield detention centre will close by May 2019, as part of the detention reform programme announced by the Home Secretary in July 2018 in response to [...]

Refugee Tales: 28 tales for 28 days

This is a guest post featuring Refugee Tales’ campaign 28 Tales for 28 Days, which runs for a month from 11 September 2018. During this time, Refugee Tales is releasing 28 tales online – one each day over 28 days – [...]

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 [...]

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The Home Office went against the advice of doctors and placed a woman having a miscarriage in immigration detention. She is a victim of rape and trafficking. This is excessively cruel even by the Home Office's standards. Speechless.

Today in immigration detention - lots of our clients experience serious mental health problems and are still detained indefinitely. Basic safeguards like a time limit are missing, and too many vulnerable people continue to be locked up with no idea of when they will be released

"It’s clear that detaining people for immigration purposes causes more problems than it can ever hope to solve.” Well said @LindaFabianiSNP

#EndIndefiniteDetention #Time4ATimeLimit #ThereAreAlternatives


The @RefugeeTales anthologies include modern-day counterparts to the pilgrims’ stories in the Canterbury Tales, where celebrated writers and poets retell the first-hand accounts of Britain’s asylum seekers, offering rare, intimate glimpses into their experiences #dontmiss

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