Immigration Detention Dispatch – 26 October 2016

Calais children detention and food hygiene failures

More of the last fortnight’s immigration detention news and parliamentary debate.

Revealed this fortnight

  1. Under-18s detained by Home Office. The Home Office has come under fire for detaining the first child refugees received from Calais at Cedars detention centre, which was officially closed in July. The Guardian has more.
  2. Officers accused of rape and sexual misconduct at Yarl’s Wood detention centre. One former officer at the women-only Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre has been accused of rape and two others of sexual misconduct, in the course of a Luton Crown Court trial whose origins date back to 2012. The BBC has more.
  3. Detention centre scores zero on food hygiene rating. Hardmondsworth detention centre was awarded the lowest possible food hygiene rating after an unannounced inspection by the London Borough of Hillingdon, which found that “urgent improvement” was necessary in the centre’s food safety management. The Ealing Times has more.

    In other news

  1. Campaigners protest new refugee detention centre in Scotland. Activists from the group Stop Detention in Scotland are protesting the proposed opening of a new short-term detention centre in Paisley weeks after the closure of Dungavel detention centre was announced. The Daily Record and Third Force News have more.
  2. Unlock Detention initiative launched. Campaigners have launched an awareness-raising “virtual tour” of the UK’s immigration detention estate based on first-hand experiences from detainees and visitors, which runs until December 18th. Rights Info has more.

Immigration Detention in Parliament.

Adults at Risk

Kate Osamore, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, asked what monitoring processes are in place to monitor the Home Office’s new Adults at Risk guidelines for those placed in immigration detention, and what consultation took place prior to the guidelines’ publication.

Robert Goodwill, the Immigration Minister, replied that the Home Office took into account representations from non-governmental organisations when forming the guidelines, and will continue to consider the impact of its Adults at Risk policy.

Detention costs

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, asked how much the Home Office paid out for wrongful immigration detention in the last three financial years.

Robert Goodwill answered that £13.8 million in compensation for unlawful detention has been paid out to a total of 573 individuals in the last three financial years.



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