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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.


Closure of Cedars Pre-Departure Accommodation announced

21 July 2016 The Government announced today that they are moving the location of child detention from Cedars Pre-Departure Accommodation to a ‘discrete unit’ within Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick Airport.  Cedars Pre Departure Accommodation currently [...]

A new Immigration Minister, a new challenge?

20 July 2016 After the Cabinet reshuffle, we now have a new Home Secretary (Amber Rudd) and a new Immigration Minister (Robert Goodwill). It is important that the new Minister is made aware, while he is still new [...]

Social media volunteers needed! Deadline 24 July 2016

Social media volunteers needed! 2 July 2016 We are looking for two to three volunteers who can help us increase our social media presence by; making sure our Twitter account is always active publishing regularly small pieces of detention-related [...]

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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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