The UK locks up thousands of people in immigration detention every year, including children, survivors of sexual violence and torture, and people with serious medical problems. This can have a terrible impact on their mental health.

End use of indefinite detention now

In many cases, there is no time limit on how long someone can be detained. For most, detention usually lasts no more than a few weeks, but some are held for many months and even years, with no idea if and when they’ll be allowed their freedom.

While his children were asleep upstairs, immigration officers filled Chris’ home and took him away. Despite pleas from his partner he wasn’t even given the chance to say goodbye. His daughter had nightmares and wet the bed because of being separated from her dad.

Take Action

Please sign our petition and call on the government to radically transform its detention policies so more people like Chris aren’t ripped from their families and thrown into chaos.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/end-inhumane-overuse-detention-now

Further Background

What is indefinite detention?

The UK locks up thousands of people in immigration detention every year, including survivors of sexual violence and torture, and people with serious medical problems. This can have a terrible impact on their mental health.

In most cases, there is no time limit on how long someone can be detained, meaning that they have no idea when they will leave. For most, detention usually lasts no more than a few weeks, but some are held for many months and even years.

There are three types of purpose-built facility:

  • Detention centres, officially termed ‘Immigration Removal Centres’
    Short-term holding facilities
    Pre-departure accommodation

How many people does the UK lock up?

The UK’s has one of the largest immigration detention networks in Europe.

As many as 3,500 people can be held at one time and between July 2016 and June 2017 more than 27,000 people were detained.