Freedom from Torture - Immigration detention in the UK

Immigration detention in the UK

Every year, the UK Government detains around 30,000 people for immigration purposes. The UK is the only European country to have no time limit on immigration detention.

Officially, immigration detention is an administrative process where people, such as refused asylum seekers, are held before deportation. In reality, less than 50% of people are deported and most are released.

Detention is profoundly damaging to mental and physical health, especially for those who have survived torture. Anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm and suicidal thoughts are commonly reported by people in detention.  

Despite this, and a High Court judgment in 2017 that ruled detaining people who survived torture was unlawful, the Home Office is still detaining survivors. Current safeguards are failing to protect vulnerable people from entering detention, such as the Home Office’s flawed Adults at Risk policy. 

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