Immigration Detention Dispatch – 1 February 2017

10,000 asylum seekers treated unlawfully by Home Office, High Court finds

Catch up on the fortnight’s immigration detention news and parliamentary debate

Revealed this fortnight

  1. Fivefold increase in EU citizens held in immigration detention since 2009. The number of EU citizens detained has quintupled under Tory rule, in what critics fear is a deliberate policy of hostility towards to the EU. The Independent has more.
  2. High Court rules Home Office acted unlawfully for 10 years. The Home Office overreached its legal powers between 2005 and 2014 by fast-tracking the legal process for 10,000 asylum seekers, many of whom were deported back into potentially dangerous situations, the court found. The Guardian has more.

In other parts

Iranian refugee to Australia seeks asylum in Fiji. An Iranian refugee sent to an offshore adult detention centre as a child by the Australian government and detained for three years in Papua New Guinea is now seeking asylum in Fiji. The Guardian has more.

Immigration Detention in Parliament

Adults at Risk

When is the government going to commission an independent review of the effectiveness of its new Adults at Risk policy to protect vulnerable people in immigration detention, asked Kate Osamor, Labour Edmonton MP and Shadow International Development Secretary.

The government intends to commission Stephen Shaw QC in Autumn 2017 to conduct a short review of general progress made in the UK immigration detention system since his 2015 review, answered Robert Goodwill, the Immigration Minister.

Transgender Rights

Does the government’s new guidance on fair treatment of transgender prisoners also apply to people held in immigration detention, asked Carolyn Harris, Shadow Home Affairs Minister.

If presented as a written question, the government will respond, answered Phillip Lee, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice.

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