Liberty, Amnesty International UK, Freed Voices and Women for Refugee Women deliver a 100,000 signature petition to parliament calling for a time limit on detention

Human rights organisation Liberty has published a report revealing the financial cost of indefinite immigration detention – and the money that would be saved with the introduction of a 28 day time limit.

The case for placing a time limit on immigration detention rightly focuses on respect for people’s basic human rights and the rule of law. But in support of these calls, there is also a significant financial argument to be made.



Announcing the report, Liberty said that the detailed study reveals that a 28-day time limit for everyone in immigration detention could more than halve the Home Office’s yearly detention outlay. Even with alternative provision in place, the Government would make considerable savings.

  1. In 2017/18, Home Office detention expenditure was £108m.
  2. Under a 28-day immigration detention time limit, there are potential long-term cost savings of £55-65m each year.
  3. On the available evidence, plausible alternatives cost less than detention, with a likely cost range of £6-30m.

The press release continues: “A more humane detention system comprising a 28-day time limit supported by alternative provision could yield long-term net savings of £25-35m or more each year.”

Read the background info and download the full report here: