Detention is extremely damaging at any time but with Covid-19 threatening to sweep through removal centres and prisons the need to release immigration detainees has never been more pressing. 

In all areas of society, public health is paramount right now but in removal centres and prisons across the UK immigration detainees remain locked up for the administrative convenience of the government.  We need your help to get them out. 

‘If there's an outbreak in here we’ll be like sitting ducks. 80% or 90% of us will pick it up because we are all here together. If someone sneezes we’ll get it, the air is recycled, there are no windows or fresh air’ - BID client, currently detained

With confirmed Covid-19 cases in several prisons as well as Yarl's Wood and Brook House detention centres already, there is no time to waste. The government must take urgent action and release all immigration detainees. We need you to help us amplify this message.  There are three things you can do.


Email your MP

Email your MP calling for the immediate release of all immigration detainees. Use our handy tool and template text to send it off in matter of minutes.

Email your MP


Tweet your MP

Use the template text below and this website to tweet your MP in a matter of seconds!

'As my MP, I ask you call on the gov to act now & release all immigration detainees. Failure to do so will mean detainees continue to be held in close proximity leading to a preventable Covid-19 outbreak and loss of life @BIDdetention' 

Tweet your MP


Donate to BID

At present, applying for bail remains the most likely way for people to get released from detention. Donate now to help us prepare applications and provide representation to as many people as possible. 

Donate now


BID’s work continues and our advice line remains open. For live updates on how Covid-19 is affecting our work see here on our website.


Categories: Campaigns, Covid-19, Vulnerable Adults
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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