Immigration Detention Dispatch – 15 February 2017

G4S to replace Barnardo’s for child welfare support after charity condemns latest plans

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

Revealed this fortnight

  1. G4S to replace Barnardo’s as welfare providers for detained families. The children’s charity stepped down after the Home Office announced that in future families with children will be held in Tinsley House, an adult centre. Last year G4S staff were filmed presiding over abuse of detained minors at Medway detention centre. The Guardian and The Independent have more.
  2. Dungavel House detention centre to stay open. The Home Office has ditched its plans to replace the removal centre with a facility near Glasgow Airport after they were unanimously rejected by Renfrewshire Council. The BBC has more.

In other parts

Trump Administration arrests its first DACA-protected U.S. resident. Successful applicants to the scheme, introduced under Barak Obama, have the legal right to live and work in the U.S. Daniel Ramirez Medina’s lawyers are suing the government. The New York Times has more.

Immigration Detention in Parliament

Shaw Review 2 a sure thing?

When is the government going to commission Stephen Shaw to conduct a follow up review of the Home Office’s treatment of vulnerable people in immigration detention following the recommendations made in his 2015 report, asked Baroness Lister of Burtersett, Labour.

The follow up review will take place in late 2017, answered Baroness Williams of Trafford, Minister of State for the Home Office.

What will the report’s remit be and how many Home Office staff will be assigned to help Stephen Shaw produce the report, asked Paul Blomfield,  Labour Sheffield Central MP and Shadow Minister for Exiting the European Union.

The timing and resources for the follow up report will be agreed with Stephen Shaw in due course, answered Robert Goodwill, the Immigration Minister.

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