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Two-thirds of women held at a controversial immigration removal centre are later released into the community, a watchdog report reveals. Inspectors said the finding raised questions about the justification for detaining them at Yarl's Wood in the first place. The facility near Bedford houses adult women and family groups, as…
Actor David Morrissey says the Syrian refugee resettlement programme "provides a lifeline" for people to rebuild their lives. The star, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), visited Lebanon, host to more then one million displaced Syrians, to see firsthand how the process…
Women who have survived rape and violence before coming to Britain are still routinely held in immigration detention, according to a new report. Campaigners say female asylum seekers are being locked up despite the introduction last year of official guidance which was expected to reduce the number of vulnerable people…
Hundreds of refugees and migrants are believed to be in Calais and the surrounding area, a year after the Jungle camp was razed. It is thought between 700 and 800 are gathered in France's northern port town, which continues to act as a magnet to those hoping to start a…
Former detainees and a charity have won a challenge against a Government policy change on torture said to have led to asylum seekers fleeing persecution being wrongly detained in UK immigration centres. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled in their favour on Tuesday after hearing accusations that individuals were locked up during…
The number of lone asylum-seeking children in the care of councils in England has more than doubled in three years. Official statistics show local authorities were looking after 4,560 unaccompanied minors at the end of March 2017. The figure was up by 6% year-on-year and 121% on 2014, when it…
A graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who who fled Afghanistan alone at the age of 16 has been crowned ‘outstanding individual learner’ at this year’s Festival of Learning awards. Habib Rezaie has received the award for his exceptional achievement in adult learning which included volunteering to care for…
An investigation has been launched after a Chinese man was found dead at an immigration detention centre. The body of the man was discovered at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, on Tuesday. Officers from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will now begin investigating the circumstances surrounding his…
Criticism has been levelled at the Government after it confirmed a scheme to take in lone child refugees from Europe had seen only around 200 youngsters so far given sanctuary. This was fewer than half the 480 unaccompanied minors the Conservative administration had agreed to take when it controversially closed…
Nine staff have been suspended from a G4S immigration centre after claims of abuse and assaults against detainees. An investigation has also been launched into allegations by the BBC's Panorama of "chaos, incompetence and abuse" at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick. The programme claims to have undercover footage…
The UK should double the amount of refugees it takes in under resettlement programmes, the United Nations has urged. A senior official at the UN's refugee agency said accepting around 10,000 refugees a year would be a "step change" for the UK. Volker Turk, assistant commissioner at the UN High…
The Scottish and Welsh governments have written to the UK Immigration Minister raising concerns about the treatment of unaccompanied child refugees. Scottish Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, and her Welsh counterpart Carl Sargeant have sent a joint letter to Brandon Lewis which criticises "lack of planning…
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