Guardian: We are locking up people indefinitely. This inhumane practice needs to end


We are the only country in Europe to hold migrants in detention centres with no time limit – some of them for years. We can’t let the government off the hook.

Behind today’s headlines about net migration figures lurk statistics on those hidden within the UK’s immigration detention estate. We can’t let the government off the hook for failing to reduce our use of detention. With Brexit on the horizon our immigration system must be fit for purpose, now more than ever.

Immigration detention is the system whereby the government can detain individuals, supposedly for the purpose of removing them from the UK. We are alone in Europe in being able to detain people without a time limit – with thousands of people detained, not knowing whether they will be held for a few days, a few months, or a few years.

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