This Illegal Migration Bill is, in effect, a refugee ban. A prohibition on the world’s most persecuted people seeking safety in the UK. The Bill does all this while dramatically expanding the Home Secretary’s power to detain, removing the detention time limits for children and pregnant women, and reducing judicial oversight and scrutiny.

Medical Justice has worked with a large number of NGOs from across the refugee sector to produce a joint civil society briefing for the House of Lords second reading of the Bill. We have co-written the section on detention and bail.

Note: Due to specialist sector experience and expertise, most organisations have only signed parts of the briefing but that does not imply disagreement with the other parts. The briefing is a united effort among contributors.