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Service company Serco has suspended one member of staff and been asked to carry out an immediate investigation after a TV programme went undercover at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre. A Channel 4 News investigation revealed questions over standards of care and guards showing contempt for detainees. The centre…
The welfare of immigrants held in detention centres in Britain is to come under the spotlight after a far-ranging review was launched. Home Secretary Theresa May said Stephen Shaw, a former prisons and probation ombudsman, will lead the review into whether improvements can be made to protect the health and…
The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) in Northern Ireland have announced plans to implement a crisis fund for destitute asylum seekers and migrants. The Fund of up to £55,000 this financial year will be administered by the Red Cross and is intended to help minority…
Women held at a controversial immigration prison are being watched by male staff in intimate situations including when naked or using the toilet, despite earlier reassurances from Home Office officials that this would not be allowed, a refugee charity has claimed. Most of the women who claim to be routinely…
The Home Office has been criticised by campaigners after new figures revealed 20 migrants have been held in detention centres for at least two years, according to reports. One detainee has been in custody awaiting deportation for nearly five years, according to The Independent. Campaigners and politicians branded the situation…
Twice as many Scots think Holyrood should control immigration than Westminster despite indications that the Scottish Government would increase immigration against the wishes of majority public opinion, a poll suggests. Scotland has "a complex if not quite contradictory relationship between immigration attitudes and constitutional issues", according to Oxford University's Migration…
International law places obligations on the UK when deporting individuals to countries where they may face a real risk of torture. Although the Refugee Convention allows refugees to be removed if they pose a risk to national security, the absolute prohibition on torture in the European Convention on Human Rights…
The University of Ulster has launched a new initiative with Barnardo’s NI to help migrant and refugee children in Belfast to integrate into their new communities. Languages Made Fun is a play based language programme that supports children whose first language is not English. It aims to develop the children’s…
Public concern about immigration is currently at the highest level seen for a number of years. In May 2013, one poll found that 57% of those surveyed ranked ‘immigration’ among the top three most important issues currently facing Britain, a rise of 11% compared to when the question was asked…
Women and girls in asylum-seeker, refugee and migrant communities continue to face levels of domestic violence which are likely to be comparable to, if not greater than, those affecting Welsh women. That is a finding in a report by the Wales Migration Partnership (WMP) and Cardiff University investigating violence against…
This page lists the reports for Brook House IRC from 2010 until present. Brook House is an immigration removal centre located near Gatwick airport and operated by G4S. Holding only adult male detainees, it has just under 450 available places. At this unannounced inspection we found that there had been…
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