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Dramatic decline in access to legal help for immigration detainees, reports charity

6 December 2017

A piece by Caterina Franchi featured in The Justice Gap about our Autumn 2017 Legal Advice Survey.

Six-monthly survey reveals less than half of those questioned have a legal representative

5 December 2017

New research published today by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) reveals that access to legal representation for those held in immigration detention is seriously lacking. BID’s research is the only data collected on the availability of legal advice and representation in immigration detention.

‘Marcin was crying, begging for help’: crisis of EU migrants detained in the UK

3 December 2017

The death of a Pole was one of three suicides in detention centres in a month, and relatives claim the Home Office is covering up cell deaths.

Immigration Judges Say “Too Many People Are Banged Up” In Detention

29 November 2017

A Bar Council report shown exclusively to BuzzFeed News reveals many detainees do not get the legal advice they're entitled to, and are held for months for no crime.

Michael's experience of detention

28 November 2017

Detention is used as an administrative tool by the government – a convenience without proper consideration of less harmful alternatives, and certainly without can acknowledgement of the adverse impact that detention will have on a person’s mental health or their family. In the last year, 27,819 people were sent into immigration detention. Over half of them were released from detention back into the community – which meant that their detention has not served its stated purpose of being for removal or deportation.

Home Office systematically ignores medical advice to keep mentally ill immigrants in detention

26 November 2017

Exclusive: Hundreds of immigrants with mental health conditions being held in detention centres against advice of medical practitioners and in breach of Government policy. 

When Britain can deport EU citizens – according to the law

23 November 2017

Despite the fact that EU citizens enjoy the right to move to and live in other member states, the UK government has recently ramped up efforts to deport them.

Fourth death at Lincoln immigration removal centre prompts inquiry

21 November 2017

Death of 27-year-old Iraqi man at Morton Hall immigration removal centre is fourth fatality at centre in a year.

Home Office 'locking migrants in rooms for more than 13 hours a day' in breach of human rights

17 November 2017

Exclusive: ‘Lock-ups’ and insanitary conditions violate human rights of detainees, lawyers say:

Submission from BID to the HASC Immigration policy: principles for building consensus inquiry

17 November 2017

Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into Immigration policy: principles for building consensus. We note the general questions that are posed by the Committee, but would emphasise that any debate around immigration must pay heed to enforcement issues. As we explain, the impact of enforcement measures on British people – as well as migrants – is already extensive, and enforcement cannot be separated from the economic and social issues connected with immigration.

Submission from BID to the HASC inquiry into the delivery of Brexit : Immigration

17 November 2017

Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee is holding an inquiry into the delivery of Brexit: Immigration. BID's submission focuses primarily on the enforcement issues related to immigration that are the major focus of BID’s work.

Great Legal Quiz 2017

9 November 2017

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our Great Legal Quiz on Thursday 8th November and to the wonderful Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker for hosting!

Parallel Reality

8 November 2017

A piece written byGeorge Collecot, one of BID's volunteers and LLB Law student at King's College London about his experiences assisting detainees at BID's workshops in Morton Hall and The Verne Immigration Removal Centres featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

European Commission looking into the potential breaches of European law

3 November 2017

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the European Commission is now looking into the potential breaches of European law by the British government regarding European citizens living in the UK.

Job Opportunity at BID

2 November 2017

We have an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual to coordinate our policy and research function.

Brussels ‘looking into’ UK deportations of EU citizens

2 November 2017

The European Commission is looking into reports the British government is creating a hostile environment for European Union citizens living in the UK.

U.K.: European Commission Investigates Increased Deportations Of EU Citizens

2 November 2017

The European Commission is investigating whether the United Kingdom has violated EU rules that permit EU citizens to move freely through the bloc, following a 20 percent increase in the number of European citizens deported from the United Kingdom in the past year, New Europe reported Nov. 2.

Alarm over rise in UK deportations of EU citizens

31 October 2017

BID's director, Celia Clarke interviewed by Euronews about the rise in UK deportations of EU nationals.

Alarm over rise in UK deportations of EU citizens

31 October 2017

There are growing concerns that the British government is creating a hostile environment for EU citizens living in the UK before Brexit has even materialised.

Home Office detaining sexual violence victims in breach of its own guidelines, finds report

31 October 2017

Politicians and lawyers say Government's failure to comply with its own policy amounts to 'callous disregard' for wellbeing of vulnerable women.

Home Office letter tells EU citizen to ‘go home or go elsewhere’

29 October 2017

Anger from campaigners as Romanian national in detention centre is advised by officials to leave the UK to ‘avoid becoming destitute’. An article by Mark Townsend.

Government tells Romanian national in immigration detention to leave UK or 'end up on the streets'

29 October 2017

The man was denied his request for emergency accommodation and told to go to another EU country for help.

Cruel and unjust: Scandal of how immigration centres have become big business

25 October 2017

Unnoticed by most of the population, the UK has developed a cruel and unjust immigration system, which is ensnaring growing numbers of Europeans. BID's director, Celia Clarke on a scheme which should shame us all.

Submission from BID to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the wake of the Panorama programme

18 October 2017

Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee held an inquiry following the Panorama programme on Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.  BID provided a written submission highlighting key concerns about immigration detention generally.

An unidentified Jamaican detainee, 38, dies in a detention center in England!

6 October 2017

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 38-year-old immigration detainee after the Home office confirmed that a Jamaican man died on Tuesday while he was being held at Morton Hall immigration removal center in Lincoln. It is the third such death in less than a month and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the incident. The prisons and probation ombudsman has begun an investigation.

Investigation begins after Jamaican detainee, 38, dies

4 October 2017

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 38-year-old immigration detainee after the Home office confirmed that a Jamaican man died on Tuesday while he was being held at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Lincoln. It is the third such death in less than a month and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the incident. The prisons and probation ombudsman has begun an investigation.

Rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens under scrutiny

2 October 2017

The UK’s increased detention and deportation of EU citizens from Britain is being examined by the European Commission, which has warned it will take “appropriate action” if necessary.

BID's Pub Quiz

2 October 2017

You cannot afford to miss out on this!

Home Office under harsh criticism at European Commission for its unjust deportations

2 October 2017

The increasing number of embarrassing reports of Home Office blunders potentially or actually resulting in the detention and deportation of legally resident EU citizens has resulted in an EU investigation. 

European Commission investigating sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from UK

1 October 2017

The European Commission is investigating the sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from the UK since the Brexit vote amid concerns the Government may be acting unlawfully.

European Commission investigating sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from UK

30 September 2017

Deportations are at their highest since records began, with 5,301 EU nationals removed during the year ending June 2017

Brussels investigates UK over deported EU citizens

30 September 2017

Home Office accused of ‘riding roughshod’ over rights of free movement despite Theresa May’s promise to protect Europeans.

Immigration detainee allegedly choked by G4S guard demands public inquiry

25 September 2017

An immigration detainee who was filmed being choked by a G4S guard has launched legal action demanding a public inquiry into his and others’ treatment at the hands of the Home Office and G4S.

Human Rights of Immigration Detainees and Deportees in a Hostile Environment

25 September 2017

Our Assistant Direct, Pierre Makhlouf has written an article published in the Autumn 2017 issue of European Judaism. To read the article please click on the following link.

G4S bosses slammed by MPs for ‘system failure’ at Brook House

18 September 2017

Senior executives from G4S were blasted by MPs for not having ‘a grip’ on the crisis at Brook House as exposed by a recent Panorama as they gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee last week as part of its inquiry into the immigration detention centre.

Goldsmith Chambers in support of Bail for Immigration Detainees

18 September 2017

Goldsmith Chambers in support of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is proud to present a training course, ‘Applying for Immigration Bail and Challenging Unlawful Detention’, on Monday 18 September 2017 6.00pm-8pm.

G4S faces investigation over running of immigration detention centre where detainees were abused

15 September 2017

G4S faces an investigation over allegations it has been overcharging the Home Office to run a scandal-hit immigration detention centre where migrants have been abused and humiliated.

Proof magazine: Be afraid without legal aid

14 September 2017

Earlier this year the Justice Alliance hosted a roundtable discussion with access to justice warriors, thinkers and doers to talk about why we need legal aid now more than ever. Report by Will Bordell and photos by Jess Hurd.

Immigration detention: How the government is breaking its own rules

9 September 2017

An excellent article by our wonderful former volunteer Annahita Moradi about the excesses of immigration detention:

‘Barely a third’ of immigration detainees aware of entitlement to free legal advice

7 September 2017

The justice minister was asked about access to legal advice inside immigration removal centres following the furore over a BBC Panorama investigation into Brook House.

BBC Panorama exposes the culture of abuse in immigration detention

6 September 2017

Free Movement's piece on BBC Panorama

Statement from BID on the Panorama: Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets

5 September 2017

Statement from Bail for Immigration Detainees on the Panorama: Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets

European Commission investigating sharp rise in detention and deportation of EU citizens from UK

3 September 2017

Deportations are at their highest since records began, with 5,301 EU nationals removed during the year ending June 2017.

Out-of-country Appeals Ruled Unlawful

30 August 2017

In the shadow of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the terrorist attack in Finsbury Park, a significant judgment from the Supreme Court was promulgated, largely unnoticed.  And yet its repercussions are significant for foreign national ex-offenders facing deportation from this country.  

Number of EU citizens detained in UK up by 27%, figures show

23 August 2017

Home Office statistics also show sixfold increase since 2009 in those held for suspected immigration offences

Initial Impressions of Yarl’s Wood

7 August 2017

A piece written by Annahita Moradi, a former BID Volunteer and future pupil barrister at 4 Breams Buildings featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

BID does the BID does the Virgin Money London Marathon!

2 August 2017

We are delighted to let you know that we have secured a place at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 taking place on 22nd April 2018!

The Freedom Lottery

1 August 2017

A piece written by Isaac Ricca-Richardson, BID Volunteer and future BPTC student at BPP featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

Government Detention Statistics

5 July 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood on the findings of BID’s latest Legal Advice Survey, and the government’s published data on detention.

The Times Lawyer of the week: Tom Giles

29 June 2017

A wonderful Q&A with Tom Giles, one of the solicitors in Kairie & Byndloss

Supreme Court rules that the Home Office policy of ‘deport first, appeal later’ is unlawful

18 June 2017

Coram Children's Legal Centre has welcomed the Supreme Court's judgment in R (on the application of Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (on the application of Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42. It has urged the Government to review its policy of deportation prior to appeal and insure that all individuals have an opportunity for a fair hearing in immigration proceedings.

BID's response to Supreme Court judgment on out-of-country appeals in the case of Kiarie & Byndloss.

14 June 2017

The Government's system of certifying human rights claims so that they can only be appealed from abroad has been ruled to be unlawful in a major judgment from the Supreme Court today.

R (Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Bail for Immigration Detainees Intervening)

14 June 2017

The Supreme Court has allowed two test case judicial review claims by foreign nationals facing deportation, quashing the Secretary of State’s ‘remove-first’ certificates, whose effect would have been to leave them to appeal from overseas.

Legal Advice for Foreign Nationals a lottery – BID

12 June 2017

New research published today by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) shows that access to legal advice for people detained under immigration powers remains at a critically low level.

Submission to Tribunal Procedures Committee Consultation

18 May 2017

BID’s submission in response to new bail forms and the note of the President of the First-tier Tribunal on changes to the bail regime arising from the Immigration Act 2016.

Indefinite detention does not breach ECHR says European Court of Human Rights

30 April 2017

Unlike most other European countries, there is no time limit on immigration detention in the UK. In addition, the law does not provide for an automatic judicial review of the lawfulness of detention. 

Bianca Venkata discusses volunteering with BID

13 April 2017

Following Bar Chairman Andrew Langdon QC’s call to support Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) in Counsel Magazine, Bianca Venkata discusses why this is such an important cause.

“The shortest possible time, and to effect removal”

10 March 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager, John Hopgood, takes a look at the numbers that belie the government’s policy on detention.

Immigration detention

1 March 2017

Andrew Langdon QC adds the Bar’s weight to a chorus of criticism on the intolerable state of immigration detention: no judicial scrutiny; no time limits; and scant access to justice

Detention of EU Nationals at record high – BID

23 February 2017

The government’s latest immigration statistics, released this morning, show that detention of EU nationals hit an all-time high during the last three months of 2016.

Fractured Childhoods: The Separation of Families by Immigration Detention

20 February 2017

A guest piece in Border Criminologies, by our Research and Policy Manager, John Hopgood

U.K.’s secret detention policy of immigrants

20 February 2017

Every year, the British government detains hundreds of immigrants in prison, denying them even the most basic support to access the justice system. These people are just a fraction of the tens of thousands of immigrants detained across the U.K. in detention centers but for immigrants in prison, their numbers are never officially recorded.

New report shows detainees in prison denied immigration advice

15 February 2017

Hundreds of foreign nationals in the UK are being denied access to immigration advice according to new research from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). In their new report, Mind the Gap: Immigration Advice for Detainees in Prisons, BID has found that just 1 in 20 people held under immigration powers in prison have received independent advice on their immigration case. More than 10% of immigration detainees in the UK – some 500 at any one time – are held in prisons rather than Immigration Removal Centres.

To work or not to work?

15 February 2017

From one of BID's volunteers - Charalampos Stylogiannis

Every year, the U.K. secretly detains hundreds of immigrants in prison

10 February 2017

An article by BID's Policy & Research manager, John Hopgood featured in Newsweek

Detainees in prison denied immigration advice – BID

8 February 2017

Hundreds of foreign nationals in the UK are being denied access to immigration advice according to new research from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

JusticeWatch: ‘Making simple problems into complex arguments’

20 January 2017

The government had finally ‘set the ball rolling’ in the long-awaited/ much delayed LASPO review. 

Theresa May must explain ‘disgraceful’ fivefold rise in EU citizens held in detention centres

19 January 2017

‘If this is how our Government treats our friends then we should be very worried,’ says Tim Farron

Fivefold increase in number of EU citizens held in UK detention centres since Tories took power

18 January 2017

Some detained for losing their ID card or holding a birthday party in a park - prompting claims the Government is seeking to deter others from moving to Britain.

Immigration detention: being a surety/cautioner

3 January 2017

A guide published by Right to Remain

Christmas Appeal 2016

19 December 2016

Christmas in the UK is traditionally a time of year for celebration, parties, spending time with close family and friends, and exchanging gifts. But for thousands of people held in immigration detention in a prison or detention centre, it will be just another day.  A day like any other spent locked up, waiting for a release that never seems to come.  There is no time limit on immigration detention in the UK.

What gave you hope in the fight against detention in 2016?

15 December 2016

What gave you hope in the fight against detention in 2016, and how are you planning to use that hope in 2017?

Only one quarter of immigration detainees able to access legal aid, according to BID survey

15 December 2016

Just one quarter of immigration detainees were able to access legal aid, according to new research. Article by Jon Robins.

Blocking detainees’ access to legal advice websites probably breaches Article 10 ECHR

13 December 2016

Free Movement has reported twice on immigration removal centres (IRCs) blocking access to websites informing detainees of their legal rights. HM Chief Inspector of Prisons criticised Haslar IRC two years ago for having the websites of Bail for Immigration Detainees and Amnesty International blocked.

‘Unacceptable’ lack of representation for detainees

9 December 2016

Nearly half of immigration detainees do not have legal representation, according to latest research from an independent charity, which says the figure is ‘at odds’ with the British value of the rule of law.

UK cuts legal aid to immigrants, report claims

9 December 2016

Half of immigrants held in Britain's detention centers do not have legal representation due to cuts in legal aid, according to a report that criticized the U.K.'s treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees.

Half of immigration detainees still without legal representation

9 December 2016

As many as 1 in 5 people held in Immigration Removal Centres have never had legal representation during their detention, according to new data from BID.

Half of all detained migrants in Britain have no lawyer due to legal aid cuts

9 December 2016

Thousands of migrants held in Britain’s detention centers currently have no legal representation. Many have been incarcerated for more than a year solely because of their immigration status, a new report reveals.

Half of immigration detainees in UK have no representation because of legal aid cuts, report finds

2 December 2016

Cuts to legal aid have left thousands of immigrants held in UK detention centres to manage their case by themselves.

United Kingdom Immigration Detention Profile

1 October 2016

The United Kingdom has one of the largest immigration detention systems in Europe, confining up to 4,000 people—including children—in detention every day under Immigration Act powers. As of October 2016, the country’s immigration detention estate included nine “immigration removal centres” (IRCs) and a small number of residential immigration detention holding facilities. In addition, several hundred people are kept in prisons under Immigration Act powers awaiting deportation after having finished their criminal sentences.

Experiences of Detention - Jane's Story

20 September 2016

The following article, written by one of BID's Legal Managers, appeared in our Summer newsletter.

Theresa May has blindsided the public once more and imposed another harmful policy

14 September 2016

Parliament has passed a new immigration detention policy. And it has done so without proper debate on the issue. But instead of protecting vulnerable adults as was demanded, the new policy may put them in more harm.

New Adults at Risk policy needs urgent review

13 September 2016

The following letter was published by the Guardian on Sunday, September 11:

New immigration detention policy for ‘adults at risk’ needs urgent review

11 September 2016

More than 30,000 people are held under immigration powers in the UK each year without time limit. Indefinite detention is damaging to mental health, and Home Office policy stipulates that vulnerable people should not be detained. However, many are, and in the last few years there have been five court findings of “inhuman and degrading” treatment of detainees.

Unlawful bail accommodation delays

10 August 2016

BID’s Assistant Director Pierre Makhlouf reflects on a recent high court decision finding that aspects of the Government’s approach to providing bail accommodation for immigration detainees are unlawful:

Comment – closure of Cedars removal centre

22 July 2016

BID is deeply concerned by the government’s announcement – on the last day before the parliamentary recess – that Cedars pre-departure accommodation is to be closed and that families facing removal from the UK will instead be held at new accommodation at Tinsley House Removal Centre.

High Court finds system allocating bail accommodation to immigration detainees operating unlawfully

22 July 2016

In a judgment handed down on 21 July 2016, the High Court found that the Home Office system for allocating bail addresses to high-risk immigration detainees is operating unlawfully.

Fractured families: how the UK government separates families for immigration purposes

18 July 2016

BID's Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood looks at how immigration detention impacts upon families in Britain:

Tribunal fee rise is a threat to migrants’ rights

11 July 2016

A letter signed by BID and other organisations regarding the rise to tribunal fees.

Reuniting Separated Families

5 July 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has launched a CrowdJustice campaign aimed at securing funding for their Separated Families project.

Bail for Immigration Detainees Meets Initial Fundraising Target

1 July 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is delighted to have reached their initial ‘all or nothing’ fundraising target. Their stretch target is £25,000 so that we can reach another 100 people with our Separated Families’ Project and so please continue to support this important campaign.

Spotlight on BID's Separated Families: Emma & Ali's story

30 June 2016

BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention. Last year, they helped reunite 110 families torn apart by immigration detention by providing vital legal advice to parents in detention, supporting them to apply for bail and to challenge their deportation. Emma's partner, Ali, is from Afghanistan and has been living in the UK for 15 years. They met in 2002 and have been together since. They have four sons: Sam (13), David (9), and twins Joseph and James (4). The children are all British. Ali was in prison, but instead of being released once he had served his time, he found himself transferred to an immigration detention centre while the government tried to deport him to Afghanistan, a country he had fled in fear of his life and had not set foot in for 15 years. Neither Ali, nor Emma or the children knew how long he would be kept locked up.

Imperial academic recognised as part of this year's Refugee Week

20 June 2016

A temporary plaque has been erected at the College in honour of Professor Walter Hayman, who came to the UK from Germany in 1938, aged 12.

BID's Reuniting Families Campaign

14 June 2016

Each year, BID helps reunite around 100 families who have been torn apart by the horrors of immigration detention. Every year, the government detains over 30,000 people for immigration purposes, routinely separating mothers and fathers from their children. Losing a parent to detention – never knowing how long they will be gone for – is devastating for a child. That’s why BID has a special team dedicated to providing parents who have been detained away from their children with legal advice and representation to help them apply for bail and to challenge their deportation.

Reuniting Separated Families appeal

13 June 2016

Today (Monday 13th June), Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has launched a Crowd Justice campaign aimed at securing funding for their vital Separated Families project. Details can be found at https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/bid/

Families separated for immigration purposes

13 June 2016

Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.

BAIL FOR IMMIGRATION DETAINEES – FUNDRAISING

13 June 2016

Immigration detention is the only form of detention in the UK without limits. The government doesn’t have to get a judge’s permission to detain someone. There is no time limit on detention. People can be detained for six months, a year, two years or even longer. Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government.

Bail for Immigration Detainees launches CrowdJustice Campaign

12 June 2016

On Monday 13th June, Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has launched a CrowdJustice campaign aimed at securing funding for their vital Separated Families project.

100 groups standing against Human Rights Act repeal

18 May 2016

Lockerbie relatives, footballer supporters and domestic violence survivors among 100 groups standing against Human Rights Act repeal.

Supreme Court judgment in the case of “O”

27 April 2016

Today (Wednesday 27th April, 2016), the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of “O” vs the Secretary of State for the Home Department. The case considered issues relating to the detention of people with mental illnesses, and the management of their conditions while in detention. BID’s Assistant Director Pierre Makhlouf reflects on the case and what the judgment means:

Amendment to the Immigration Bill on time limits for detention

16 March 2016

Last night, the House of Lords agreed to an amendment that would, for the first time, introduce a time limit on the use of immigration detention in some circumstances. BID's Policy and Research Manager John Cox speaks about what this move might mean for people in detention:

Up to one quarter of detainees have never had legal representation - BID

15 March 2016

As many as 1 in 4 people held in immigration detention have never had legal representation during their detention, according to research published today [Tuesday 15th March]by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

Alternatives to Detention at a Crossroads: Humanisation or Criminalisation?

10 February 2016

An article by Alice Bloomfield, published in the Refugee Survey Quarterly.

Bail for Immigration Detainees releases unredacted Home Office country returns guidance

6 January 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) reported today that it has succeeded in persuading the Home Office to reverse its decision to redact particular parts of its Country Returns Documentation Guide following an appeal brought by BID to the First-tier Tribunal.

BID secures release of Home Office country returns guidance

6 January 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has succeeded in persuading the HO to reverse its decision to redact particular parts of its Country Returns Documentation Guide. Having initially refused to release the full document in response to a Freedom of Information request – a decision subsequently upheld by the Information Commissioner – the matter was resolved on the first day of the hearing of an appeal brought by BID to the First-tier Tribunal.

Stateless in Europe: 'We are no people with no nation'

27 December 2015

The High Court has ruled that the immigration detention of two families was unlawful. The judge found that the detention of the families of Reetha Suppiah and Sakinat Bello breached articles 5 and 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 – the right to liberty and the right to family life. The court also found that detention is capable of causing significant and long-lasting harm to children, and that there is a considerable body of evidence of the policy not being properly applied. 

Imprisoning immigration detainees is not unlawful, rules Court of Appeal

27 November 2015

The Court of Appeal last week ruled that although detention in an immigration removal centre [IRC] was ‘generally more appropriate’ for detainees than prison, the practice was lawful and not in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), article 5 which safeguards the right to liberty and security.

Observing Immigration Bail Applications: communicating remotely?

5 November 2015

First Immigration Bail observation in Scotland gets underway with involvement of School of Law staff and students

Dover Immigration Removal Centre to close

23 October 2015

Dover Immigration Removal Centre has served as home to many of its inhabitants for months or even years. It has received damning reportsdue to its prison-like conditions and long periods of detention. On 15thOctober the Home Office finally announced that it would shut. This announcement came without reasons or warning for either the migrants or those who stand to lose their jobs due to the closure.

Families separated by immigration detention losing out from Legal Aid cuts - BID report

24 September 2015

As the Government launches its new Immigration Bill, Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) today published its latest report that analyses the impact that cuts to legal aid have had on families.

The Immigration Bill 2015

18 September 2015

The Immigration Bill 2015 was published on 17 September 2015. For now, this post provides links to further reading and resources on the Bill and also some commentary on the appeals sections.

BID publishes latest Legal Advice Survey results

10 September 2015

As many as half of all detainees may not have access to legal representation, according to BID’s latest legal advice survey. The tenth edition of BID’s six-monthly survey, carried out in May this year, spoke to 136 people currently detained under Immigration Act powers. Of them, 50% didn’t currently have a legal representative.

Refugee crisis: Meet the London couple who offered a home to someone who needed help

5 September 2015

‘We’ve been surprised how easy it has been,’ says one London couple who took in a refugee from Uganda.

The Plight of Immigrant Offenders Kicked Out of the UK Before They Can Appeal

14 July 2015

"Deport first, appeal later" legislation means immigrants who commit minor crimes can only appeal after they've already been removed and, in many cases, left destitute.

Rethinking ‘Vulnerability’ in Detention: a Crisis of Harm

1 July 2015

Report by the Detention Forum’s Vulnerable People Working Group.

Immigration detainees banned from Twitter and Facebook

17 May 2015

A new Detention Services Order 04/2016 about internet access for detainees has just been published. This is the first time the Home Office has set central guidelines on internet access for immigration detainees. The Order makes clear that all detainee internet usage is monitored and centrally recorded.

UK equates asylum seekers with criminals?

3 April 2015

“They rob you of your dignity and treat you like criminals, and they can storm into your room without any caution or notice,” said a former detainee regarding the treatment that security guards mete out at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration and Removal Centre in Bedfordshire, UK. Having received refugee status in 2012 and now soon-to-be a proud law graduate this summer, the 34-year-old Pakistan-born looked back to the first time she entered the UK. Having applied for asylum at the airport, she was driven to Yarl’s Wood, which she described as a “prison cell”. “An asylum seeker is equal to a criminal in the UK,” she told me.

Labour Party backs time limit for immigration detention in the UK - but not for all detainees

26 March 2015

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes Yvette Cooper’s announcement that the Labour Party would introduce a time limit on immigration detention.  We agree with Yvette Cooper that detention “can be deeply scarring”.  

How exiles are using social media but fear spies listening in

25 March 2015

In an article from the refugee voices special issue of Index on Censorship Magazine, Jason DaPonte looks at how migrants are using technology to keep in touch with distant relatives, and the security risks this can bring.

Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes

18 March 2015

Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes: bad news for immigration detainees held in prison estate

Access to justice for immigration detainees held in prison estate

16 March 2015

Article by BID for the IMB Independent Monitor on access to justice for immigration detainees held in prison estate

Parliament’s Justice Committee: legal aid cuts ‘failed to target help where needed’

12 March 2015

Parliament’s Justice Committee has published a damning report, which finds that the Government has ‘limited access to justice for some of those who need legal aid the most.’ (1)

Yarl’s Wood: legal black hole

9 March 2015

Women in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre have become increasingly desperate as repeated rounds of legal aid cuts introduced by the UK Government have made it more difficult for them to access justice.

New European research report calls on Governments to implement alternatives to detention

6 March 2015

The Odysseus Network has published a new report on the use of alternatives to immigration detention in 13 EU member states, including the UK. The report notes with concern that: 

UK immigration detention: the truth is out

5 March 2015

Successive governments have ignored and dismissed complaints of suffering in UK immigration lock-ups. This week, in Parliament and on national television, fresh evidence has been heard.

BID shares concerns of UK parliamentarians about the use of immigration detention

3 March 2015

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the publication of the report of the Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration into the use of immigration detention in the UK. This wide-ranging, careful, timely, and compassionate inquiry rightly took as its starting point the powerful testimony of those who have lost their liberty through administrative detention in the immigration removal centres and prisons of the UK. 

UK immigration detention: the truth is out

1 March 2015

Successive governments have ignored and dismissed complaints of suffering in UK immigration lock-ups. This week, in Parliament and on national television, fresh evidence has been heard.

BID calls for immigration detention be subject to regular, automatic judicial oversight & time limit

27 February 2015

There is currently no maximum period in the UK for the detention of foreign nationals under immigration powers.  The UK is alone in Europe in having no upper limit on detention.

The state of children’s rights in England

29 January 2015

The British government is still failing to uphold UN conventions in its treatment of asylum-seeking children and child refugees, according to the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE).

BID welcomes the recent judgment in the High Court in the case of Idira v SSHD [2014]

24 December 2014

BID welcomes the recent judgment in the High Court in the case of Idira v SSHD [2014] EWHC 4299 about the detention of immigration detainees in prisons rather than immigration removal centres.

Legal aid cuts: BID submits evidence to parliament's Justice Committee

14 December 2014

1st December was the final deadline for evidence to the Justice Committee's inquiry on the April 2013 legal aid cuts. The committee are now writing up their report, which will be published in the new year. BID's response sets out fresh evidence on the impact of the legal aid cuts on detainees. As we explain, very many detainees cannot pay for legal representation, and lack the legal knowledge to properly prepare their own cases.

Meet BID's volunteer assistant legal caseworkers working to seek release for detained parents

3 December 2014

BID’s Christmas 2014 appeal, ‘Free for Christmas’, highlighted the work done by BID’s legal managers, our trained and accredited volunteer legal caseworkers, and the barristers who generously give their time to work pro bono to seek the release of parents separated by immigration detention from their children. 

Meet Elli and Nick: working to help detained parents get ‘Free for Christmas’

21 November 2014

'I still find it shocking that parents are taken away from their children for immigration detention purposes when it is clearly in the best interests of the child to be looked after by their mum or dad.’ - Elli

BID’s ‘Free for Christmas’ appeal launches

21 November 2014

Every day in Britain children are separated from their parents.  For these particular children, it’s not because their parents have abused or neglected them, but because their parents are subject to immigration control and the government has decided to detain them while they try to remove or deport them from the UK.   Despite the fact that the Home Office has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, decisions are regularly made to place parents in immigration detention. 

Church censures prison-like detention

21 November 2014

The holding of asylum-seekers in conditions more like prison, with no obvious end to their detention, is causing stress and insecurity, an official C of E submission has told the Government.

A report criticises UK Government for detaining migrant children and separating families​

19 November 2014

'State of Children’s Rights in England' report criticises UK Government for detaining migrant children and separating families

BID gives oral evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK

17 November 2014

On 6th November BID provided oral evidence to the APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. BID's Dr Adeline Trude gave evidence to the panel on current difficulties faced by detainees in IRCs and prisons in getting access to immigration legal advice throughut their time in detention, the harsh conditions and barriers to communication with courts and lawyers experienced by the hundreds of detainees who are held in the prison estate outside statutory guidance and safeguards, and the delays of weeks or months in provison by the Home Office of Section 4(1)(c) bail addresses which stop detainees seeking release on bail. 

Justice committee: MPs feeling the pressure of LASPO cuts

28 October 2014

An article by Caislin Bowle:

Home News Dropped deportation cases cast doubt on Home Office decision making

9 October 2014

More than one in three families with children initially earmarked to be deported from the UK had the cases against them dropped, official figures show.

BID comments on Family Returns Panel's report

9 October 2014

On 9/10/14, the Independent Family Returns Panel published their Annual Report for 2012-14 - download this here. The panel advises the Home Office on the immigration detention of children and forcible removal of families from the UK. 

Home Office urged to use force against detained children

9 October 2014

More children should be detained and guards should have the option of using force against them. That's the extraordinary conclusion of the Independent Family Returns Panel, chaired by former director of Education and Children's Services Chris Spencer.

New BID report on bail address delays

25 September 2014

New BID report on bail address delays 'No place to go: delays in Home Office provision of Section 4(1)(c) bail accommodation '

Hidden from view: the plight of immigration detainees in prisons

18 September 2014

Holding immigrant detainees in prisons beyond their sentence was ‘fundamentally flawed’, according to a damning report by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). Whilst both prison and immigration removal centres meant a loss of liberty, prisons posed far greater difficulties for immigration detainees already in a relatively powerless position, the group argued.

BID report examines the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention

15 September 2014

BID says over 1,000 are held in prison for the purposes of immigration detention and are entirely absent from published Home Office statistics.

New BID report on the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention

15 September 2014

Today BID is publishing a new report 'Denial of Justice: the hidden use of UK prisons for immigration detention'.

Foreign national prisoners: the fear of being forgotten

12 September 2014

Too often for foreign national prisoners in Britain, the completion of a prison sentence is followed by a period of limbo behind a new set of bars while the state works out what to do next. Labelled 'undeserving', they are largely invisible.

Latest Home Office travel document timescales grid now available

8 September 2014

Latest Home Office travel document timescales grid now available via BID Freedom of Information Act request, August 2014

Only 2 convictions for non-cooperation with the Home Office re-documentation process during 2013

29 August 2014

Only 2 convictions for non-cooperation with the Home Office re-documentation process during 2013, BID FOI request reveals

Focus on the quality of asylum legal advice in the UK

29 August 2014

This week BID was interviewed for research currently being conducted into the quality of legal advice for asylum seekers, with reference to the position of immigration detainees.  The research has been commissioned by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority  (SRA)Legal Ombudsman (LeO) and Unbound Philanthropy , and  is being conducted by Asylum Research Consultancy  (ARC)MigrationWork  CIC, and Refugee Action .

BID's research into delays in the provision of Section 4 bail accommodation by the Home Office

6 August 2014

A suitable bail address is an essential requirement for immigration detainees applying to the First-tier Tribunal for release on bail.  Any detainee, whether or not they have made an asylum claim, is free to apply to the Home Office for a bail address under Section 4(1)(c) of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 if they have no address to go to on release with family or friends. Without a bail address detainees cannot normally lodge an application for release on bail and must simply wait in detention until the Home Office grants them a bail address.  Yet too many detainees struggle for weeks or months to obtain a Section 4 bail address from the Home Office, especially those with a criminal conviction.

BID produces briefing for UN Human Rights Committee

25 July 2014

The UN Human Rights Committee is currently assessing the UK’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. BID has produced a briefing for the committee outlining our key concerns, including: unlawful detention; the erosion of detainees' access to legal aid and judicial review and the separation of families by immigration detention.

UK immigration detainees banned from accessing refugee support and human rights websites

9 July 2014

The Free Movement blog quotes a recent unannounced official HMIP report on Haslar immigration detention centre which reveals that centre staff had blocked the websites for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Amnesty International. According to the report’s authors.

Immigration Detention News

9 July 2014

Immigration Detention News and how to submit evidence in first ever parliamentary inquiry into detention conditions in the UK

HMIP: Amnesty International website blocked for immigration detainees

9 July 2014

The latest unannounced official HMIP report on Haslar immigration detention centre reveals that the centre staff had blocked the websites for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Amnesty International.

BID publishes briefing on legal aid 'Residence Test'

1 July 2014

Today, 1st July, the House of Commons Delegated Legislation Committee will debate the legal aid 'residence test.' Last week, BID sent a briefing to committee members highlighting the very damaging effect which the proposed residence test would have on immigration detainees.

Death of a detainee in HMP The Verne, Dorset

11 June 2014

On 4th June, a man detained under Immigration Act powers in a Dorset prison was found dead in his cell. The Independent reports that: 'Sources said the prison authorities “strongly” believed that he died of natural causes, but Dorset Police would only say his death had been “sudden” and that the matter had now been referred to the coroner.'

Exclusive: ‘Stateless’ asylum seeker found dead in his prison cell

4 June 2014

Immigrants’ rights group describes man’s detention at HMP The Verne, as ‘inappropriate’

Review of evidence to LASPO Act impact inquiry

1 June 2014

This special feature reproduces a selection of the submissions to the Justice Committee in response to its call for written evidence into the impact of the changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.

BID responds to Justice Committee Inquiry on legal aid cuts

16 May 2014

On 30th April, BID responded to an inquiry from parliament's Justice Committee on the impact of the April 2013 legal aid cuts. The Justice Committee published our evidence this week.

Trafficked children need guardians

6 April 2014

A letter signed by BID and other organisations published in the Guardian.

BID publishes briefing on Criminal Justice & Courts Bill

13 March 2014

On 13th March, BID produced a briefing for MPs on the public bill committee considering the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. 

My Week: Salma Iqbal advises detainees on returning home

4 February 2014

My Week: Salma Iqbal advises detainees on returning home.

'Denial of justice: the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention'

23 January 2014

On January 21st BID held its AGM on the topic 'Denial of justice: the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention'.  Thanks to all our powerful speakers including Michael Fordham QC (Blackstone Chambers & Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law ), Colin Carroll of HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Henry (a former client of BID), Sarah Teather MP, and Hamish Arnott (partner at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, a specialist human rights practice)

Parliamentary Opposition to Immigration Bill steps up

20 January 2014

Wednesday 15 January saw a packed Committee Room 12 in the Palace of Westminster as MAX (Movement Against Xenophobia) held a Parliamentary meeting to alert Lords to the insidious qualities of the Immigration Bill, coming their way from the Commons in the near future.

Why are we locking up migrants?

1 January 2014

A mental-health crisis, endemic self-harm, suicide and forced abandonment of children – Hazel Healy exposes the damage caused by the detention of immigrants.

“It’s not our problem now”

15 December 2013

A piece by Colin Yeo

Refugee children need guardians

13 December 2013

A letter signed by BID and other organisations published in the Guardian.

Immigration Bill

18 November 2013

A joint letter from charities including BID on the implications of the Immigration Bill for child welfare.

Detained casework - the role of Capita Business Services

12 November 2013

BID's legal casework now indicates that staff employed by Capita Business Services have ‘ownership’ of a cohort of detained cases.   BID clients have received letters to that effect signed by ‘Capita Detained Casework Team, on behalf of the Home Office’, based at the Home Office National Removals Centre at Solihull.

Bail for Immigration Detainees intervenes in unlawful detention case

1 November 2013

BID has been granted permission to intervene before the Court of Appeal in the case of David Francis (C4/2013/2215B)(on appeal from the High Court of Justice, His Honour Judge McKenna [2013] EWHC 2115 (Admin).

BID’s survey of legal advice across the detention estate

3 October 2013

We remain concerned at the length of time detainees in many Immigration Removal Centres have to wait in order to see a solicitor at the legal advice surgeries provided by the Legal Aid Agency.  69% of the people we spoke to for this survey had waited more than one week for an appointment, and of these 38% had waited two weeks (or two weeks to date), 21% had waited for three weeks (or three weeks to date) to see a solicitor. 

Further cuts to legal aid would mean detainees could not challenge ill-treatment

3 October 2013

In the Ministry of Justice’s ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation, which was published in April 2013, a residence test was proposed for foreign nationals. This would prevent people who do not have leave to remain in the UK, and have not been living here lawfully for at least 12 months from accessing legal aid. This residence test is likely to be unlawful  and will certainly be unworkable in practice, as many organisations who submitted their views to the Ministry of Justice laid out in detail.

Latest set of findings from BID's survey of legal representation across the UK detention estate

13 September 2013

Every six months for the last three years BID has carried out a survey of legal representation across the UK detention estate. We ask detainees whether they have a solicitor at the time we speak to them, how they found that solicitor, whether they pay fees for advice or have legal aid, and what work their solicitor has done for them.  How long did they have to wait to see a legal aid solicitor at the surgery in their IRC?  Have they had to change solcitors after being transferred or moving into or out of the Scottish legal system?  We also ask people whether they have come to an IRC from prison, and if so whether they got any immigration advice while in prison.  

Jimmy Mubenga: What kind of society can treat the death of an immigrant so casually?

6 August 2013

Disrespected by the state, and demonised by the press - the most pressing "fears about migration" are those that belong to migrants.

Children and legal aid

11 July 2013

Government's proposed changes to legal aid threaten children’s access to justice.

Government's proposed changes to legal aid threaten children’s access to justice

11 July 2013

Government's proposed changes to legal aid threaten children’s access to justice - letter to The Daily Telegraph

Further threats to access to justice

21 June 2013

A matter of days after sweeping cuts to legal aid were introduced in April 2013, the Ministry of Justice published details of further proposed reforms to legal aid in the consultation document ‘Transforming Legal Aid’.

‘Will today be remembered as the day that justice in the UK died?’

6 June 2013

‘This organisation thinks that legal aid is an avocado,’ Michael Fordham QC told hundreds of lawyers and campaigners outside the Ministry of Justice on Tuesday night. ‘They think it’s soft,’ he said. ‘They think you can cut it whenever you want – and keep cutting it – and they think it doesn’t matter because nobody really needs an avocado.’ The prominent human rights barrister was speaking at a ‘Save UK Justice’ demo organised in less than a week by trainees from the Tottenham-based legal aid firm Wilsons Solicitors LLP to protest against the government’s latest attack on legal aid, reports Mary-Rachel McCabe.

Immigration detention separates children from parents, report shows

21 May 2013

A new study in the UK has revealed that children are separated from parents by immigration detention.

UK immigration control: children in extreme distress

6 May 2013

Alarming numbers of parents are being separated from their children indefinitely in the UK for the purposes of immigration control. It is difficult to imagine any other situation where children could have such scant attention paid to their welfare, says Sarah Campbell. 

Immigration Detention and the Rule of Law

1 May 2013

National Report: United Kingdom

Why is the government intent on breaking up these families?

23 April 2013

A piece by Sarah Campbell

UKBA condemned for separating 200 children from their parents

19 April 2013

Government facing renewed calls to end the practice of separating children from their parents for immigration purposes.

First UK study finds 200 children split from parents in immigration detention

19 April 2013

The first UK study of its kind, published by BID today, examines the cases of 111 parents who were separated from 200 children by immigration detention. The UK Border Agency repeatedly failed to safeguard children when detaining their parents, with appalling consequences for the children concerned. The report ‘Fractured Childhoods: the separation of families by immigration detention’ can be downloaded a the bottom of this page.

Border Agency criticised for separating children from parents

19 April 2013

Children are being placed at risk of serious harm by the detention of parents on immigration grounds, a charity has claimed.

Effect of detention on children

19 April 2013

Immigration detention dehumanises not only the detainee but also every person who deals with it. It is a poison that infects us all. The professionals who deal with detainees and their families develop coping mechanisms.

UKBA separates 200 children from their parents

18 April 2013

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has repeatedly failed to uphold its legal duty to safeguard children of immigrants during their parents' detention and separated 200 of them from their family, according to a new report.

Access to the internet at immigration detention centres

11 April 2013

Several lawyers and visitors have heard anecdotes of access to various legal websites being restricted, Bail for Immigration Detainees being perhaps the most controversial and outrageous, but the list of websites seems to vary from one detention centre to another and websites are added to and taken off the individual centre blacklists from time to time.

ECtHR Abdi v. the United Kingdom (no. 27770/08)

9 April 2013

ECtHR judgment in Abdi, BID intervened. Finding of Art 5 breach, real though limited compensation for unlawful detention

NHS takes over immigration detention health care

4 April 2013

The NHS takeover of immigration detainees’ health care was perhaps the only positive news on 1 April, when the coalition’s ‘great benefits reform’ was inaugurated at the same time that most housing, debt, employment, social security and immigration advice and casework was removed from the scope of legal aid.

Government response to consultation on draft CPS code of practice on adult conditional cautions​

2 April 2013

Foreign national offenders - government response to consultation on draft CPS code of practice on adult conditional cautions

Foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehab work

15 March 2013

Totally ignored: foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehabilitation work

Litigants in Person vs. Self-Represented Litigants

13 March 2013

Litigants in Person vs. Self-Represented Litigants: a view from immigration bail hearings in light of new guidance on terminology from the Master of the Rolls

More threats to legal rights of unwanted migrants

10 January 2013

A number of coalition measures will have potentially disastrous consequences for migrants and asylum seekers.

New ILPA briefing on mental health & detention

20 December 2012

New ILPA briefing on mental health & detention produced following BID and AVID meeting with Dept of Health & UKBA

Recommendations from BID's new report on bail decision making, 'The Liberty Deficit'

20 December 2012

In our first report on bail decision making ('A Nice Judge on a Good Day: Immigration bail and the right to liberty ' (2010) available to download at end of page), we touched on the inability of the bail system to respond adequately to the needs of foreign national ex-prisoners. 

New UKBA guidance 'Standard paragraphs for bail summaries' December 2012

18 December 2012

UKBA has published brand new guidance for Criminal Casework Directorate caseowners on the standard paragraphs available for use in bail summaries.

New BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit'

6 December 2012

New BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit: long-term detention and bail decision-making'

Update on important legal cases

5 December 2012

We've compiled a summary of important new legal cases on immigration and detention, with links to the full judgments: 

BID submission on foreign offender conditional cautions​

6 November 2012

Ministry of Justice consultation on code of practice for adult conditional cautions - BID submission on foreign offender conditional cautions

Bail for Immigration Detainees

29 October 2012

A piece from Colin Yeo.

Foreign national prisoners: access to justice

27 September 2012

There is a pressing need for accessible, high quality immigration advice in prisons and immigration removal centres (IRCs), a need which is recognised in official policy and specialist guidance, writes Adeline Trude and Gemma Lousley. 

Migrants and stop and search: know your rights

12 July 2012

A campaign has been launched to provide people with vital information if they are subject to or witness a raid by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Deportee families face unfair attack

18 June 2012

A letter signed by BID and other organisations published in The Guardian.

Mental health crisis in immigration detention - BID and AVID launch a new briefing

1 June 2012

The Mental Health in Immigration Detention Project (MHIDP) is a policy initiative which aims to secure the humane and lawful treatment of immigration detainees. It is a joint project by the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). The project was started in 2010 in response to policy changes by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), bringing together the concerns of visitors groups and detention organisations, and drawing on expert advice from specialist lawyers and clinicians.

Judge brands detention irrational, unlawful and degrading

26 April 2012

Another High Court judge rebukes the UK Border Agency for its detention of mentally ill foreign offenders.

BID letter in the Guardian on the need to respect human rights for foreign national ex-offenders

17 April 2012

BID's Director, Celia Clarke, wrote to the Guardian recently to highlight ongoing attempts by the Home Secretary to erect barriers to foreign nationals exercising their Article 8 right to a private and family life.  

BID raises concerns about new HMIP approach to immigration detention inspections

16 April 2012

BID responded in detail recently to HM Inspectorate of Prison's consultation on revised immigration detention inspection expectations.  In addition to detailed comments against all changes to inspection expectations and a number of recommendations, BID also expressed concern about the new approach to inspection outlined by the Chief Inspector, Nick Hardwicke. BID is concerned that the newly fashionable Outcomes Focused Regulation, adopted among others by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority and the Financial Services Authority, is unsafe in a sector such as administrative detention where loss of liberty without independent oversight is at stake. 

Extradition to the US is an abuse of justice

16 April 2012

A letter by BID's director, Celia Clarke, featured in The Guardian.

BID intervenes in Home Office challenge to limit private law claim for unlawful detention

27 March 2012

BID was granted permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene and to make oral submissions in the case of BA & Others, the hearing for which was held on 13 March. This is an appeal by the Secretary of State (SSHD) who is arguing that BA should not have been granted permission to proceed with a claim for false imprisonment. Such action can be taken by claimants up to 6 years after their alleged false imprisonment has ended. The SSHD is instead arguing that BA either previously raised the issue of her unlawful detention, or in the alternative, that she should have raised this issue in her previous judicial review claim that challenged her removal from the UK.

Former client of BID granted refugee status

20 March 2012

A former client of BID’s who was held in immigration detention for over 18 months was finally granted refugee status last month.

Foreign nationals & LASPO

9 March 2012

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill, which received another bashing in the House of Lords this week, is not a particularly friendly piece of legislation if you happen to be a non-UK citizen.

Discriminatory attempt to use criminal justice provision to effect LASPO

1 March 2012

Discriminatory attempt to use criminal justice provision to effect immigration control in Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill

Response to G4S: 900 asylum seekers face eviction in Yorkshire

23 February 2012

Academics take issue with G4S’ defence of its treatment of asylum seekers.

Indefinite detention: not very British

8 February 2012

The decision of the European Court of Human Rights that Abu Qatada cannot, for now, be deported to Jordan because of the risk of a trial using evidence obtained by torture has nothing to do with the Human Rights Act. Unless the UK were to withdraw entirely from the European Convention on Human Rights, that decision would always have been reached with or without our own Human Rights Act.

Second immigration detention ruled ‘inhuman or degrading’

22 December 2011

For the second time in three months, a High Court judge has condemned the immigration detention of a mentally ill offender as inhuman or degrading.

ILPA & BID joint response to consultation on new bail guidance for immigration judges

12 December 2011

BID and the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) have submitted a detailed response to the request for comments on the latest bail guidance for immigration judges from the President of the First Tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.  

Yarl's Wood detains too many pregnant women, prisons inspector says

7 December 2011

Report highlights case of one expectant mother who collapsed during four-day journey from Northern Ireland to Bedfordshire.

Inspectorate report on UKBA and foreign national ex-offenders

1 November 2011

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the recent Inspection Report released by John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), detailing his findings and recommendations following an assessment of the UKBA’s efficacy and efficiency in managing and using its powers to deport Foreign National Prisoners (FNPs)

UKBA accused of breaking pledge to end child detention

16 October 2011

FOI request by Children's Society shows 700 children detained at south-east ports in four-month period to August.

Shameful side to the Tory catflap

5 October 2011

A letter signed by BID published in The Guardian.

NGOs urge the Home Affairs Select Committee not to ignore the issue of unlawful detention

3 October 2011

Today, 35 NGOs have written to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), urging him to ‘apply scrutiny to the issue of unlawful detention’ in their forthcoming inquiry into asylum and migration.  The letter was drafted by Bail for Immigration Detainees, Freedom from Torture and Detention Action after the idea was mooted at the Detention Forum quarterly meeting on 14th September. 

RCC briefing: detention of children & the new family returns process

19 September 2011

Despite having committed to ending the immigration detention of children in May last year, the Government opened a new family detention facility in Crawley, Sussex in September 2011.

Superceded 2003 bail guidance for adjudicators along with timeline of use - for reference

18 July 2011

A few people have contacted BID recently looking for the 2003 'Bail Guidance Notes for Adjudicators from the Chief Adjudicator'. 

Legal aid cuts leave migrants and asylum seekers vulnerable

15 July 2011

A letter signed by BID and other organisations published in the Guardian.

Link to urgent advice for clients of IAS (Immigration Advisory Service) from the administrator

12 July 2011

Immigration legal advisors IAS (Immigration Advisory Service) announced on Monday 11th July 2011 that they have closed all their offices.  IAS have been running some of the free legal advice clinics under the Detention Duty Advice scheme at Brook House IRC, Tinsley House IRC, and Lindholme IRC.

Revised immigration bail guidance for immigration judges

7 July 2011

Revised immigration bail guidance for immigration judges released by President of the First Tier Tribunal of the Immigration & Asylum Chamber

Latest BID & ICAR survey

30 June 2011

Latest BID & ICAR survey finds detainees now less aware of the free 30 minutes legal advice scheme in IRCs, and 32% of those using the DDA scheme wait one week or more for appointment

UK breaches article 3 ECHR in its treatment of immigration detainees

26 June 2011

This post comes from Anna Morvern, an immigration lawyer at Law Centre (NI)who writes here in a personal capacity.  Anna has worked with and for immigration detainees for a number of years, as Legal Officer at Bail for Immigration Detainees and as an activist with various groups, including the Refugee Action Group in Northern Ireland.

Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK

27 May 2011

BID and The Children's Society have published a new report on the detention of children for immigration purposes, titled ‘Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK.

Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of foreign national ex-offender - SK (Zimbabwe) v SSHD​

25 May 2011

Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of foreign national ex-offender after the Home Office failed to carry out regular detention reviews as required - SK (Zimbabwe) v SSHD

BID has published new research on detention of children

25 May 2011

BID and The Children's Society have published a new report on detention of children, titled ‘Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK.' Please follow the links for the report and the executive summary.

Home Office falsely imprisoned sex offender

25 May 2011

The Home Office falsely imprisoned a convicted sex offender in an immigration detention centre for nearly two years because of a failure to carry out regular reviews, a court has ruled.

BID's comments to Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA on forthcoming joint and thematic inspections

16 May 2011

BID's comments to Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA on forthcoming joint and thematic inspections - immigration casework and Detained Fast Track

Outcry! partnership between BID and The Children's Society on child detention comes to an end

11 May 2011

The OutCry! partnership between The Children's Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees, that made such a vital contribution to campaigning for an end to the immigration detention of children, has come to a close. The funding for the partnership came to an end last month.

Immigration officials detained mother unlawfully

20 April 2011

A High Court judge has ruled immigration officials acted unlawfully in their handling of the case of a mother who was detained for close to a year and separated from her three children.

Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of mother separated from her children

19 April 2011

Based on extensive experience with families separated by immigration detention, BID provided a witness statement to the court in this case.

Home Office ‘falsely imprisoned’ foreign national prisoners

24 March 2011

The Home Office has been found to have operated an unlawful and secret policy of keeping nearly all foreign prisoners locked up beyond their sentence.

A mighty victory for FNPs

24 March 2011

Two foreign national prisoners (FNPs), Kadian Mighty and Walumba Lumba, have won a significant victory for the rule of law in the Supreme Court.

Charity To Support Failed Asylum Families

10 March 2011

Families who fail in their bid to claim asylum in the UK will be offered support from leading children's charity Barnardo's while they await deportation.

New podcast from Harriet Grant for The Guardian on the detention of foreign national ex-offenders

28 February 2011

Guardian Focus podcast: The indefinite detention of foreign prisoners

The Testimony Project

15 February 2011

A piece from our Director, Celia Clarke

Immigration detention of families in breach of Article 8, rules High Court

17 January 2011

The High Court has ruled that the immigration detention of two families was unlawful. The judge found that the detention of the families of Reetha Suppiah and Sakinat Bello breached articles 5 and 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 – the right to liberty and the right to family life.

An end to child detention? How a High Court judgement brings us closer

13 January 2011

In a landmark judgment on child detention at Yarl’s Wood, Judge Wyn Williams found that the UK Border Agency failed to uphold its own rules and breached claimants’ rights to freedom, privacy and family life. The coalition government’s plans to continue detaining children until May now look to be in ruins.

Immigration detention of children: a judge gets tough

13 January 2011

A High Court judge has ruled that families with children can be detained for removal only in exceptional circumstances.

Yarl's Wood child detention ruled unlawful

11 January 2011

High court decision adds to pressure on government with acknowledgement that immigration detention can damage children.

Asylum children detention ruled illegal

11 January 2011

Forced detention of the children of two failed asylum seeker mothers at Yarl's Wood immigration centre was ruled unlawful by the High Court today.

OutCry! response to Nick Clegg's announcement on the detention of children

16 December 2010

The OutCry! campaign is delighted that Nick Clegg has set out a timetable to end the abhorrent practice of detaining children in removal centres.  We particularly welcome the immediate closure of the family unit at Yarl's Wood. The government is to be commended for taking seriously the need to put children's welfare at the centre of the asylum process.

BID is the 2010 winner of the JUSTICE Human Rights Award

9 December 2010

BID is delighted to have won the 2010 JUSTICE Human Rights Award.  BID was nominated "for its tireless work on behalf of some of the most vulnerable, marginalised and maligned sections of our community - from providing assistance to over 2,000 people held in immigration detention to the key Supreme Court cases SK and WL".  

Croydon asylum centre will be as bad as Yarl's Wood, says charity

28 November 2010

Warning of 'unacceptable distress and disruption" because of inadequate safeguards for children's safety.

Children's rights campaigners hail drop in immigration detention, but call for more progress

25 November 2010

Children's rights campaigners have welcomed a drop in the number of children detained under the Immigration Act.

A nice judge on a good day...

22 November 2010

A blog post by Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

Outcry! briefing outlining concern about new proposed methods of forcibly removing families

19 November 2010

BID and The Children's Society have issued a briefing paper outlining their concern about two of the methods of forcibly removing families that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is trialing: limited notice of removal and accommodation centres. Dowload the full briefing, below.

BID & ICAR new survey on level of legal representation among detainees

12 November 2010

BID and the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees are working together on a survey on nationwide level of legal representation among detainees.  Results are expected to be published in December 2010. 

Peers call for children to be released from immigration centres

12 November 2010

Letter to Guardian says there is 'clear evidence that this is harmful' as government delays after pledge to end practice.

Triple vulnerability: the lives of Britain's undocumented migrant children

9 November 2010

Undocumented migrant children in the UK stand at the crossroads of different and conflicting policy agendas. The unresolved tension between commitments to protect children's rights and to securing borders is shaping their everyday lives in Britain.

Open talk on detention and the asylum process

28 October 2010

Adeline Trude from Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Francis Webber of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) will be leading a talk about understanding immigration bail and the asylum process Saturday 2 October. The talk will be held at the Gateshead Civic Centre at 11.30 (talk starts at 12.)

Child detention in immigration centres faces legal challenge

26 October 2010

Home Office to fight high court case of two mothers whose children became ill after being detained in Yarl's Wood.

Campaigners highlight child detention case as govt action 'stalls'

26 October 2010

Campaigners are seizing on a test case on child detention before the high court today, as observers start to lose faith in the government's promise to end the practice.

Immigration Detainees failed by system

16 September 2010

An important new report from Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), A nice judge on a good day: immigration bail and the right to liberty, reveals the systemic failures within the Home Office and the legal system which consign detainees to oblivion for months or years.

This was state-sponsored cruelty last year. It still is

16 September 2010

Nick Clegg's passionate attack on the detention of children in immigration centres is not reflected by his government in action.

Act now on child refugee detainees

9 September 2010

A letter signed by BID and other organisations published in The Guardian.

Clegg signals end of child detention with Yarl's Wood family unit closure

21 July 2010

The family wing of Yarl's Wood immigration centre is to be closed as part of government plans to end the detention of children awaiting deportation, Nick Clegg announced today. The move was hailed by the Liberal Democrats as a sign of their influence in the coalition although it was also mired in confusion.

Yarl's Wood detention centre's family wing to be shut down

21 July 2010

Nick Clegg describes facility opened by Labour government, which detains up to 1,000 children a year, as a 'moral outrage'.

Immigration detainees failed by bail process - new BID report

14 July 2010

Human rights organisation Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has called for a major rethink of the immigration bail process. BID's latest research report ‘’A nice judge on a good day: immigration bail and the right to liberty’, launches tomorrow in Parliament at an event hosted by Simon Hughes MP and addressed by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The report examines the entire bail process, which for many detainees is their only opportunity to challenge their detention.

How good is the good news on child detention?

20 May 2010

The heralded end to the detention of children in centres like Yarl’s Wood has to be treated with caution.

Asylum children will be kept out of 'distressing' detention centres

14 April 2010

Damian Green, the immigration minister, is to end the practice of keeping children in detention centres within the next few months.

Minister ‘admits paying millions to detained migrants’

20 February 2010

Immigration minister Phil Woolas has admitted millions of pounds are being paid in compensation to migrants who have been detained in removal centres.

Children's Commissioner calls for an end to detaining children in the asylum system

18 February 2010

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Children's Commissioner for England, has published a progress report into conditions in which children are held at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Mothers go on hunger strike at immigration centre after being separated from children

9 February 2010

A group of up to 80 mothers detained at an immigration centre have gone in hunger strike in protest at being separated from their children, it has emerged.

Family wins £100,000 for detention ordeal

29 January 2010

Bolivian asylum seekers were falsely imprisoned and children traumatised after being held at centre.

Petition to end detention of children

6 January 2010

End Child Detention has launched a national petition to Prime Minister Gordon Brown calling for an end of the scandal of children being held in detention centres.

Move children out of migrant centres, say medical experts

10 December 2009

Detaining children in immigration centres puts them at risk of mental health problems, a coalition of royal medical colleges warns the government.

We are shockingly complacent about locking up 2,000 children a year

18 October 2009

The plight of the children of asylum seekers represents a sadly unexceptional failure of public conscience- Henry Porter

Children made 'sick with fear' in UK immigration detention centres

13 October 2009

Weight loss, difficulty sleeping, bed-wetting and sickness among symptoms found at Yarl's Wood.

Ministers under fire for locking up immigrant children

30 August 2009

Ministers were facing accusations today that hundreds of children are being held unnecessarily in immigration detention centres as official figures revealed, for the first time, that 470 minors were being detained with their families.

BID and The Children's Society comment on child detention figures

1 August 2009

The Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary (April-June 2009), released by the Home Office, contains for the first time more comprehensive figures about children held in immigration detention.

New project to end immigration detention of children

13 May 2009

A new project has been launched to end the detention of children and their families for immigration purposes.

In detention: Schools in immigration removal centres

14 April 2009

'I asked if the teacher had been in contact with my son's school. She said they never did that.' Janet Murray on how children held in immigration centres are denied education.

Charities call on government to turn ‘rhetoric into reality’

7 October 2008

Leading UK charities have called on the government to act upon its promise of ending its discriminatory treatment of children seeking asylum.

Bail success rates

19 September 2008

Bail for Immigration Detainees recently obtained statistics from the Ministry of Justice on the number of bail applications that are made at different hearing centres, and the outcomes of those hearings. There is quite a disparity in outcomes. For example, once withdrawn cases are set aside, the percentage of bail applicants granted at Taylor House in Central London was 39%, compared to 17% for Hatton Cross in West London, 23% at Newport and 16% at Glasgow.

Bail system 'not set up to get a fair hearing' says Refugee Council

10 March 2008

Two of the leading agencies working with detained asylum seekers and migrants today call on the Home Office to suspend the roll-out of video-link hearings for detainees applying for bail from immigration removal centres.

Indefinite detention of four Algerian men unlawful

28 February 2008

Four Algerian men, each detained for between eleven and seventeen months whilst they awaited deportation, have been released following a landmark ruling which found that their detention was unlawful. This case has significance for those large numbers of detainees who continue to remain detained unnecessarily, and possibly unlawfully, for long periods.

Judge frees three Algerians from detention limbo

22 January 2008

Three Algerians who have been detained for up to 18 months while waiting for deportation - even though they want to return home - were yesterday granted bail by a high court judge.

'Kafkaesque' plight of Algerians who want to be deported

14 January 2008

Four Algerians who have been detained for between 14 and 18 months pending deportation - even though they want to return home - will invoke the ancient law of habeas corpus to seek their freedom in a high court test case next week.Their case, which will be heard next Monday, will shine a spotlight on detainees who are routinely subjected to much longer periods in custody than the controversial 42 days maximum ministers are seeking for suspects detained before charge.

New publication criticises the detention of migrant families

12 July 2007

A new publication from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) criticises the UK government’s policy of detaining migrant families and examines the negative impacts it has on children.

Bail for Immigration Detainees Free Movement Editorial

17 May 2007

The title of this post is a reference both to the excellent organisation, Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID to its friends) and to the underlying concept. BID helps immigration detainees make bail applications and works with the Free Representation Unit to get (mainly) barristers to do pro bono lists of bail cases at the major hearing centres, mainly Taylor House near Angel in London, York House near Heathrow and Newport, where Campsfield Detention Centre bail applications are heard.

British Asian faced deportation threat

1 March 2007

A British Asian was held in a detention centre for nearly two months and threatened with deportation to Pakistan because Home Office officials believed he was a foreigner.

Britain's shameful deportations of asylum seekers

26 February 2007

A letter published in the Guardian by Colin Firth.

Kenny Peter’s inquest points to asylum failures

5 October 2006

On 15 September, an inquest found that yet another asylum seeker had taken his life in detention. Unusually, in such cases, in addition to a self-harm verdict, the jury also listed the numerous ways in which the system, supposed to care for vulnerable detainees, had failed to do so.

Asylum and Immigration Legal Advice at Risk

4 October 2006

A wide-ranging review of all areas of legal aid is currently taking place.[1] As part of this review, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has announced proposals to change how publicly-funded immigration and asylum legal advice is provided.[2] The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is running a consultation on these proposals, which ends on 12 October.

Asylum children: Jailed at birth

29 July 2006

They are the forgotten victims of Britain's asylum system: babies born behind bars and locked up in detention centres.

Leading UK Lawyers Petition US Appeal Court Re Racism in Case of Death Row Journalist

18 July 2006

Press Conference, 19 July, 2006, 6.30pm Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LS.

Alternatives to immigration detention of families and children

1 July 2006

Alternatives to immigration detention of families and children

‘No place for a child’: A campaign to free children in detention

4 May 2006

A major campaign is underway to generate public and parliamentary support to free the 2,000 children detained in the UK each year for immigration purposes.

'Prison culture' at asylum centre

16 April 2006

The chief inspector of prisons says an asylum detention centre is in a "disgraceful state" despite a critical report demanding change.

More than 2,000 children of asylum-seekers detained

27 March 2006

More than 2,000 children of asylum-seekers are locked up every year, leaving them suffering depression, nightmares and eating problems, a coalition of campaign groups has warned.

Pressure to end returns to DRC

6 December 2005

Over fifty people, mainly asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), demonstrated outside the Home Office following the broadcast of a BBC radio documentary on the fate of asylum seekers who are deported back to the DRC.

Holding the state to account for the deaths of vulnerable asylum seekers

20 October 2005

A recent meeting on deaths in immigration detention centres called for the state to be held accountable for the deaths of vulnerable asylum seekers.

Deaths in immigration detention and violent deportations to dangerous countries

19 October 2005

A campaign meeting called by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) .

Doctors question their role in human rights violation of asylum seekers

2 August 2005

Doctors met recently to discuss the right to health of detained asylum seekers and their invidious role as gatekeepers to health care.

Fight to prevent deportation of injured asylum seeker

7 July 2005

Despite a 21-year-old asylum seeker being served with three removal notices and sustaining a broken hand during one attempted deportation to Congo-Brazzaville, he has, with the help of campaigners, now been given temporary admission to the UK and submitted a fresh asylum application based on new evidence.

A review of detention in the UK in 2004

23 February 2005

A review of detention in the UK in 2004 by Bill MacKeith from nolager.org

The grim fate that awaits those deported to Congo

2 December 2004

In an interview with IRR News, Congolese human rights activist René Kabala Mushiya alleges that asylum seekers deported to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face prison and death.

Asylum seekers still held in jail

1 September 2004

Home Office flouts commitment on detainees and angers prison staff with 'dumping' policy.

Control and Deterrence Discourses of detention of asylum-seekers

1 January 2004

Sussex Migration Working Paper no. 20

Detention in the United Kingdom

1 June 2003

Detailed information on detention centres in the UK, adapted and updated from information provided to the Brussels conference on 5/6 February 03.

Immigration Detention in the UK - children and vulnerable people

1 April 2003

Children in asylum seeking families can be detained indefinitely at any stage of their claim to remain in the UK. There are around 40 family places in detention centres (now called 'removal centres') but no routinely available statistics about the number of children detained, at what stage of their case, or for how long. In answer to a recent parliamentary question, the government revealed that there were 56 children in immigration detention on 2nd April 2003. These children are detained under the same criteria as single adults.

Haslar- A place of no return

6 February 2003

The Haslar Centre’s sole purpose is to hold asylum seekers pending their removal. It is a place of no return. Haslar, formerly a prison, became Haslar Removal Centre on 8 February 2002 and is run for the Immigration and Nationality Department by prison service staff.

Worlds apart

7 January 2003

Is it right for asylum-seeking children to be taken out of school and taught in detention centres? Diane Taylor reports.

Hard labour

14 September 2002

The Home Office says it rarely, if ever, detains asylum seekers if they are pregnant or have infants. But many studies don't back up that claim, so Melanie McFadyean set out to investigate - and found yet another shameful chapter to add to the UK's record on refugees.

A safe haven, if convenient

4 December 2001

Hilton Matiza and Gerald Muketiwa must be wondering what the British government's condemnation of Robert Mugabe's regime for human rights abuses really means. It clearly doesn't mean that even when regimes are held up as tyrannical and brutal, Britain will provide a safe haven to people fleeing them. Matiza and Muketiwa left Zimbabwe after alleged brutality, torture and death threats, but they are facing deportation this week after their applications for asylum were refused.

Britain's jailed asylum seekers

23 August 2001

The UK has been condemned by the United Nations for being the only country in Europe to detain asylum seekers in prison.Britain is holding 1,800 detainees under the UK Immigration Act, more than 1,000 of them in regular prisons.

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