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

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

Lords stand firm on detention amendments


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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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Interview: Yarl’s Wood whistleblower speaks out against ‘prison-like’ conditions

‘If I’m feeling like this, I know it’s wrong’



Prison-like conditions and ‘predatory’ behaviour

In 2014, Noel Finn made headlines as the first member of staff in a UK immigration detention centre to blow the whistle to the press on poor conditions.

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Europe’s largest immigration detention centre criticised by UK Prisons Inspector

‘Appalling’ decline in conditions is ‘unacceptable’, says Chief Inspector



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Asylum seekers are being held for long periods at Europe’s largest immigration detention centre in “dirty and rundown” facilities infested with cockroaches and bed bugs.

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