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MPs call for introduction of 28-day immigration detention cap

MPs have called for the introduction of an immigration detention cap that will restrict the holding of detainees to a maximum of 28 days.

A report, produced by a cross-party group of MPs and peers, suggests Home Office officials are "failing to follow guidance" on using immigration detention sparingly and for the shortest period possible and recommends a detention cap be brought into force.

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Immigration detention practices 'ineffective and unjust'

The UK's current immigration detention practices are "expensive, ineffective and unjust", according to the head of a government panel investigating the treatment of foreign detainees.

MP Sarah Teather made her comments on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on refugees and migration (APPG) after the group produced a report which suggests Home Office standard practices fall well short of the government's policy to use detention as a last resort.

The group made suggestions on how to improve Britain's immigration detention system including:

  • Capping the immigration detention period to 28 days
  • Getting the UK government to look at alternatives to detention including allowing individuals to live in the community
  • Making it a policy not to detain women who are victims of rape and sexual violence, or who are pregnant, for immigration purposes
  • Improving screening processes to ensure that victims of trafficking are not detained

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