Sadly, immigration detention is nothing new.  But we can make it a thing of the past. Right to Remain has worked with the Refugee History project to produce a timeline of internment and detention in the UK from 1914 to the present day.

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Last month, the organisation Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) released a briefing on the current situation of post-detention accommodation.

Already a problematic area, post-detention accommodation is now a crisis situation following the changes made in January 2018 (which you can read about on our blog here) which included the abolition of Section 4(1) accommodation. This accommodation was provided by the Home Office to people released from detention with nowhere else to stay, and with no other forms of support available to them.

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Since January 2018, people held in immigration detention centres have no longer been able to apply for “Section 4” accommodation to be bailed (released) to. This accommodation was named after Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which provided a form of support to refused asylum seekers and also accommodation for people applying to be released from detention if this accommodation was necessary to avoid breaching their human rights.

The 2016 Immigration Act repealed this accommodation (with a provision brought in in January 2018), but provided the power for the Home Office to provide accommodation if the person would be deprived of liberty otherwise. To get this, you would need to show that you meet “exceptional circumstances” criteria.

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The Guardian newspaper reported this weekend on a distressing story of three children aged eight, six and five, who were taken into care when the Home Office detained their father, Kenneth Oranyendu.

The three children, and the children’s mother, are British citizens. Their mother is currently in Nigeria, attending a family funeral. Mr Oranyendu does not currently have the right to remain in the UK, and the Home Office is attempting to deport him from the UK (he has completed a three-year criminal sentence).

This is a guest post by Tom Kemp. Tom is a member of SOAS Detainee Support and a PhD Student at Kent Law School. He is currently writing about anti-detention activism and political thinking in the everyday work of anti-border social movements.

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Drawing of a bail hearing by video link

From 15 January 2018, the provisions of the 2016 Immigration Act regarding immigration bail come into force.

This means that the status of “temporary admission” no longer exists. Temporary admission was a status which allowed a person to be lawfully in the UK without being detained (before they have been granted leave to remain). Most people who claim asylum were given “temporary admission” while a decision was made on their case. The document that shows you have temporary admission is called an IS96. If you had been detained, you could apply to the Home Office for temporary admission, also known as temporary release, from detention. This had less conditions than bail, but was not often granted.

From now on, any migrant lawfully in the UK without leave to remain (including asylum seekers) is technically on immigration bail. This is extremely confusing because if you are then detained, you also apply for immigration bail in order to be released from detention.

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