Immigration Detention Dispatch – 1 March 2017

“Exceptional” student narrowly escapes deportation from Yarl’s Wood 

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

In the news this fortnight

  1. Final year engineering student detained at Yarl’s Wood. “Exceptional” Bangor University student Shiromini Satkunarajah has had her deportation order waived at the last moment after a viral campaign and intervention from her MP. The Bangor Post and The Independent have more.
  2. 27-year UK resident deported to Singapore. Irene Clennell was detained for a month at Dungavel removal centre before being deported to her passport country. The caregiver married British citizen John Clennell in 1990 and they have two children in England. The BBC and The Straits Times have more.

In other parts

Australia accused of crimes against humanity for its detention system. Two non-profit organisations brought the charges before the International Criminal Court last month; the country’s immigration minister has dismissed the claims as “wacky”. Buzzfeed has more.

Immigration Detention in Parliament

Removals and rates

How many people detained in immigration removal centres were subsequently removed or deported from the UK each year between 2013 and 2017; and what is the daily cost of detaining someone in a removal centre, asked Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn.

Both sets of data can be found in the Immigration Statistics data tables published on the Home Office website, answered Robert Goodwill, the Immigration Minister.

License to enter

What is the Home Secretary’s policy on allowing MPs to visit immigration detention centres outside of their constituency; how long does it normally take her to respond to such a request; and how many MPs have requested and been granted permission to visit a removal centre, asked Caroline Lucas, Green Party Brighton Pavilion MP.

All visits must be approved by the Immigration Minister, answered Robert Goodwill, the Immigration Minister, and MPs are more likely to be granted entry to a centre in their own constituency. Of 22 requests such by MPs in the last 3 years, 21 were granted.

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