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Foreign nationals have been kept in Britain's largest immigration removal centre for as long as four years, a watchdog report reveals. Detainees were held in "prison-like" conditions at the facility near Heathrow Airport for unacceptably lengthy periods, inspectors said. They found planned removals failed to materialise due to late legal…
A man married a woman who had suffered a severe head injury when attacked and raped in a bid to improve his immigration status, a judge has concluded. Mr Justice Baker has decided that the Islamic marriage was "arranged entirely" by the man and the woman's father. He said a…
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has condemned "shocking" treatment of detainees at the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre amid claims dozens of women are on hunger strike in protest at the conditions. After making her first visit to the controversial facility, Ms Abbott said she and Shami Chakrabarti (pictured) were…
A man sold into slavery as a child has won a court victory as judges declared that guidance on immigration rules for trafficking victims was unlawful. Three senior Appeal Court judges overturned two Home Office decisions in a case brought by a 40-year-old Ghanaian man with a "terrible story". In…
A plan to charge migrants twice as much to access the NHS has been branded an "outrageous and cynical" attempt by government to shift the blame for its handling of the health service. The immigration health surcharge is paid by people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are…
The upfront charges paid by temporary migrants to the UK to use the NHS are to double, the Government has announced. Ministers said the move would raise around £220 million a year for the health service while ensuring migrants made "fair contribution" towards its costs. The increase to the immigration…
Refugees are struggling to integrate into British life because of restrictions on bringing their relatives to the country, campaigners claim. Oxfam and the Refugee Council called on the Government to amend the rules, labelling them "unfair" and "restrictive". The organisations said many refugees are plagued by worry about loved ones…
Actress and campaigner Emma Thompson has accused the UK Government of a "death of compassion" in its treatment of refugees, insisting Britain has a duty of care towards people who are fleeing "from the jaws of death". The two time Oscar winner said offering a new home to refugees could…
Scotland has met a target to provide homes for 2,000 Syrian refugees three years ahead of schedule. The UK Government has committed to resettling 20,000 people fleeing the war-torn country through the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. Councils north of the border were to take in 10% of that number,…
Six members of G4S staff have been sacked following undercover footage showing abuse of detainees at the Brook House immigration centre, it has been revealed. The dismissals were confirmed as it was revealed that an independent inquiry commissioned by the company into events at the centre will be carried out…
Ministers have faced cross-party pressure to review the UK's immigration detention centres. Liberal Democrat former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey urged the Government to look at alternatives, while Labour's Dan Carden said minister Brandon Lewis was "completely wrong" to say Britain did not have a policy of indefinite detention. Mr…
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…
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