New report highlights inadequate conditions in immigration holding centres - Refugee Council
June 21, 2006

New report highlights inadequate conditions in immigration holding centres

Anne Owers, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, today issued a report on four immigration holding centres. Problems that she highlights include:

  • Staff expressed concern about the suitability and safety of the new escort vehicles

  • The facility at Portsmouth was inadequate, cramped and potentially unsafe

  • At Leeds, detainees with special needs, including those at risk of self-harm, were routinely held in police cells

  • Records of the detainee population, and of incidents of self-harm or violence, were not always kept in the centres themselves

Responding to the report, Maeve Sherlock, Chief Executive of The Refugee Council, said:

“Once again a report on the detention of asylum seekers highlights that their conditions are inadequate, both when being transported and when held in cells. We are pointing out again that these people have committed no crime – despite their vulnerability, they are being shabbily treated. The commissioner has specially pointed to the detention of children. They shouldn’t be there – as our aptly named campaign – No Place for a Child – points out.”


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