Immigration Detention Dispatch – 16 March 2017

Average length of stay in Brook House removal centre rises as some “held for years”

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

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Immigration Detention Dispatch – 18 January 2017

Third immigration detention death in six weeks as report finds mental health services “patchy”

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

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Immigration Detention Dispatch – 7 December 2016

Murder inquiry into Colnbrook death as Home Office records 109 suicide attempts in 3 months

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

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Immigration Detention Dispatch – 10 November 2016

Councillors veto Dungavel replacement, frustrating Home Office plans

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Catch up on the fortnight’s immigration detention news

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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.

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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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Safety and respect lacking across detention estate says HMIP

Yarl’s Wood “cause for great concern” and vulnerable detainees at risk

 

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Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre remains “cause for great concern”, the UK’s largest detention centres lack safety and respect, and asylum seekers have been held in “unacceptable” conditions sleeping in dirty blankets on concrete floors, according to the annual report of Chief prisons inspector Peter Clarke, released last week.

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Immigration detainees banned from Facebook and Twitter

Social media grouped with porn and gambling 

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The Home Office has come under fire from campaigners for banning social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter in its immigration detention centres.

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Lords and MPs reach compromise on “Detention Reform” Immigration Bill

72 hour time limit for pregnant women and automatic bail hearings to become law

 

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People detained in the UK’s Immigration Removal Centres will receive automatic bail hearings after four months of detention and pregnant women will normally be released after no more than 72 hours, once the UK’s immigration bill passes into law. The bill has left Parliament and is expected to receive Royal Assent in the next few days.

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MPs and Lords battle it out over detention issues in Immigration Bill

Lords stand firm on detention amendments

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UK House of Commons Chamber. Source: UK Parliament, Flickr

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The Lords have returned the UK immigration bill to the House of Commons for fresh debate after insisting on time limits and protection for pregnant women. 

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