Around 32,000 people are locked up in prison-like conditions every year, with no time limit on how long they can be held. This is not for having committed a crime. It is purely because they do not (yet) have the correct immigration papers, or their papers have expired.
Immigration detention involves violence and fear and trauma. It is a wholly unnecessary, unjustifiable practice, one of the most harmful aspects of the UK's "hostile environment" for migrants and a shameful civil rights abuse that cannot be ignored.Find out more
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Some people in the Greater Manchester area are getting together to start a local campaign to challenge immigration detention. If you live in the area, you can get involved...Find out more
The Right to Remain Toolkit has information and advice to help people at risk of detention, and their friends, family and supporters.Toolkit
At times funny, sad, frightening, angering, this animated film explores how it feels to be locked up indefinitely in a so-called "removal" centre. View with caution: (animated) images of self-harm
Manchester human rights campaigner Aderonke Apata discusses the traumas of the British immigration system and her experiences of the notorious Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Immigration detention is the government policy of locking up people who do not (yet) have leave to remain in the UK, or whose leave to remain has expired.
and many thousands more are at risk of being detained at any time, without warning.
with guards, behind bars and barbed wire. This is nothing to do with any criminal offence; it's a dark part of the immigration and asylum system. But unlike prison, people in detention have no release date to look forward to.
This means that when someone is detained they do not know if it will be for weeks, months, or years. Britain is the only country in Europe without a time limit.
The majority of people in detention are eventually released into the community to continue their immigration or asylum applications, begging the question: why detain them in the first place?
Independent research has shown that detention causes harm to people's physical and mental health. Vulnerable people deteriorate in detention, and people who were not vulnerable before become vulnerable.
The cost of detaining one person for one year is more than £36,000. The government spends over £364 million on detention every year.
Immigration detention involves violence and fear and trauma. It is a wholly unnecessary, unjustifiable practice, one of the most harmful aspects of the UK's "hostile environment" for migrants and a shameful civil rights abuse that cannot be ignored.