Immigration Detention Dispatch – 12 Oct 2016

Home Office announces plans for new Scottish detention centre

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Our brand new Immigration Detention Dispatch brings you the key articles from the past fortnight to keep you up-to-date on British immigration detention news.

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Revealed this fortnight

  1. New Scottish centre to open: Weeks after announcing the closure of Scottish immigration detention centre Dungavel, the Home Office has published its plans to open a new short-term holding facility near Glasgow Airport. The proposed Renfrewshire facility will have 51 beds in 20 rooms and parking space for seven removal vehicles. The National has more.
  2. Asylum seeker awarded damages: A judge has ruled that a Nigerian asylum seeker who was unlawfully detained for more than two days should receive £2,500 in compensation. Deputy High Court Judge Jonathan Swift made the ruling after finding that Bolaji Femi Jayeola had been kept in detention for more than two days after presenting evidence that he was a torture victim. The Express has more.

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In other news

  1. Harmondsworth cycle protest: Protesters dressed in red cycled to Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow Airport to highlight migration issues. Climate change activists staged a die-in at the airport at the same time to protest its proposed expansion. The BBC has more.
  2. Sunderland campaign to help Iranian brothers: Sunderland locals have campaigned against the detention of an Iranian Christian teenager and his brother pending their deportation. The men, who are seeking asylum on religious grounds, were transported 150 miles away to Dungavel detention centre in Scotland after making a routine report to their local Home Office facility. Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliot has called for their release. The Sunderland Echo has more.
  3. Scottish asylum seekers sent to England? Asylum seekers in Scotland risk being moved far away from friends and family and having to negotiate a new legal system when Scotland’s only long-stay detention centre, Dungavel, closes at the end of 2017, refugee advocates have warned. People who are relocated to English centres may have to drop their pending legal cases in the Scottish courts and start again from scratch in England. The Guardian has more.


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