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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.


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Unlocking Detention is a twitter tour of the Detention Estate

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This week Unlocking Detention's stop is at #Dungavel, Scotland's only #detention centre.

Incredibly isolated and difficult to access, Dungavel sits more than 30 miles from Glasgow, no local bus and the railway station is 14 miles away.

Many thanks to everyone who has joined us on this year's virtual tour of immigration #detention in the UK. It has been quite a journey. We hope it has been eye-opening!

Just a couple of days of rounding up Unlocking Detention next week & then we'll be back in 2019.


Take a look at @SDVisitors' summary of the latest @HMIPrisonsnews
report on #Dungavel:


#Unlocked18 #Time4aTimeLimit

What a visit means in #detention: "For someone like me who has no one to visit me, seeing you on visiting days is amazing." #Unlocked18 #Time4aTimeLimit #Dungavel

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