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Detention in the UK – key facts

  • Between July 2016 and June 2017, 27,819 people were detained by the Home Office for immigration purposes.

  • 85% of people detained during that time were male.

  • At the end of June 2017, nearly 3,000 people were being held in an Immigration Removal Centre.

  • More than half of those people had been locked up for longer than 28 days

  • 271 people had been in an immigration detention centre for more than six months

  • One man had been in detention for 1,514 days – well over four years

  • The UK is the only country in Europe that does not have a maximum time limit on how long someone can be detained.

These key facts were taken from a briefing paper to be found on the Detention Forum website:

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