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Detainees at the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre are in a "desperate" situation, ministers have heard. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott again raised concerns about the conditions at the centre and accused the Government of ignoring women who are "on hunger strike" at the facility. Serco, which runs the centre,…
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…
Police made 21 arrests in a major operation involving 350 officers to tackle a gang suspected of smuggling hundreds of migrants into the UK in the back of lorries. Raids took place on Teesside, in Hastings, Sussex, in London and the Northumbria Police force area following a year-long investigation which…
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…
Campaigners have been given the go-ahead to challenge a court ruling on the Government's plans to cap the number of child refugees allowed into the UK. The Help Refugees charity brought legal action over the Home Office's calculation that only 480 unaccompanied children should be accepted under an amendment moved…
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…
An extra £19 million will be made available next year for councils which are helping large numbers of lone children who are seeking asylum, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said. Mr Javid said he recognised the work of councils in looking after some of the most vulnerable people in society.…
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,…
The head of a UK aid charity has said the Rohingya people are victims of "crimes against humanity". The Muslim minority refugees fleeing violence in their home state of Rakhine in Burma describe soldiers and Buddhist leaders carrying out a systematic campaign of murder and burning villages, accusations which military…
A scheme to relieve pressure on local councils caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is set to be rolled out. Under new legislation the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), which allows hard-pressed local authorities to transfer children to councils with greater capacity, will be extended to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.…
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…
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