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The Immigration Bill: a time limit on detention?

The Immigration Bill is an opportunity for an amendment setting a time limit on immigration detention, in line with the rest of Europe. In March 2015, the first Parliamentary inquiry into the detention system as a whole called for a time limit of 28 days on immigration detention, finding the current system ‘expensive, ineffective and unjust.’ The inquiry concluded that ‘the United Kingdom has a proud tradition of upholding justice and the right to liberty. However, the continued use of indefinite detention puts this proud tradition at risk.’