The UK has the largest Immigration Detention estate in Europe. UK policy results in asylum seekers facing detention at any time, even if they have committed no crime whatsoever.
Detention has no time limit and is not automatically subject to Judicial Review. Many endure months and some endure years of indefinite detention.
There are no safeguards in place to prevent the detention of vulnerable persons, including those who have faced imprisonment, torture and /or sexual violence in the countries from which they have fled.
This harmful and expensive practice is unnecessary and deprives people of their freedom, their dignity and is damaging to their mental health.
The Migration Observatory – briefings provide an overview of immigration detention in the UK. It discusses the size of the UK’s detention facilities, the number of detainees, the average duration of detention, and the detention of children.
Without Detention: Opportunities for Alternatives. September 2016 from Detention Action.
Immigration detention in the UK – University of Oxford Migration Observatory: This briefing provides an overview of immigration detention in the UK. It discusses the size of the UK’s detention facilities, the number of detainees, the average duration of detention, and the detention of children. It reports that the UK’s immigration detention facilities are among the largest in Europe: between 2,000 and 3,500 migrants are detained at any given time.
Unannounced HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Report of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre for Women August 2015
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Report The Verne Immigration Removal Centre August 2015
Migrant detention in the European Union: a thriving business – MigrEurop Report on outsourcing and privatisation of migrant detention across Europe with graphics and stats
‘No Safe Refuge’ – A UKLGIG and Stonewall report on the experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in detention
The Right to Remain toolkit has a section on detention, including information about creating a detention action plan, accessing legal advice in detention and visiting someone in detention.