Home Office officials were refusing to comment on Saturday evening on an apparently botched effort to deport a seriously ill man from Britain by private plane. A jet chartered by the government was forced to return to the UK with Nigerian Ifa Muaza and immigration officials still on board, after a 20-hour flight that saw the plane prevented from entering Nigerian airspace. It diverted to Malta, where an angry dispute broke out with the authorities over the plane’s right to use its airstrip. Read more
30.11.2013:Private plane carrying ‘near to death’ asylum seeker forced back to UK
We are shocked and saddened by the high court decision to refuse Isa Muazu’s appeal to be released from an immigration detention centre (Report, 19 November). Isa is in a critical condition, having been on hunger strike in Harmondsworth detention centre for over 90 days. Despite compelling medical evidence and in the context of mounting political pressure from cross-party parliamentarians, the decision to continue Isa’s detention and pursue his deportation contradicts medical advice and shows no regard for the value of his life. We would argue that this goes well beyond a”‘hostile environment” and has far-reaching consequences for society as a whole. Read more
JOHN GRAYSON 13 November 2013
When I visited an asylum seeker called Esther and her five year old daughter in their Yorkshire home the other day I counted eight unopened bills for energy and water. Read more
: The Home Office and its duty of care towards people in detention – a huge question mark 30 October 2013
In the latest of a series of fires in UK Immigration Removal Centres, two people from Campsfield House in Kidlington, near Oxford, have been hospitalised. The Detention Forum is concerned that the Home Office may be failing to discharge its duty of care towards people held in Immigration Removal Centres across the UK. Read more
Yarl’s Wood sex inquiry witness to be deported without speaking to police Crucial figure in immigration centre probe held hours before appointment with investigators
The only witness to an alleged case of sexual misconduct at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre is to be deported, without being given the opportunity to testify to police.
Sirah Jeng was detained on Thursday inside the centre, hours before a scheduled interview with police. Jeng alleges she witnessed a male Serco employee having sexual contact with a detainee. Read more
31 October 2013: EIN
The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has published a new report looking at the handling of asylum applications made by unaccompanied children.
You can read the report here.
We recommend that the Home Office:
1. Applies the law consistently and correctly to children’s asylum claims regardless of where they
2. Ensures that it meets its legal obligation regarding family tracing and retains a record of the
steps it has taken.
3. Decides children’s asylum claims in a timely manner regardless of where they are considered.
4. Ensures that new performance targets for children’s asylum cases are realistic, evidence-based
and comply with the Immigration Rules.
5. Develops validated statistics for all cases where asylum applicants claim to be unaccompanied
6. Establishes a systematic and comprehensive monitoring system to ensure the timeliness and
quality of recorded data.
7. Improves the quality of refusal letters by ensuring that they are logical, concise and tailored to
8. Adopts a clear and consistent approach to the initial interview with asylum-seeking children,
while continuing to take account of individual needs.
9. Refers all unaccompanied children who apply for asylum to the Refugee Council within the
agreed timing, and keeps accurate records of notification. Read more
CLARE SAMBROOK 29 October 2013: What is the government really doing to protect immigration detainees from their guards?
In Parliament on Tuesday 15 October, the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather challenged the government to come clean about a sexual abuse scandal.
Male guards employed by the commercial contractor Serco have, allegedly, been sexually abusing vulnerable women in their care at Yarl’s Wood, the Home Office’s Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire.
Teather, the former families minister, asked: would the Home Secretary ensure that Serco’s reports on the scandal were published? Would the Home Office investigate?
What procedures were there to protect women from sexual assault and harassment? And had the Home Secretary reviewed the policy of detaining women for immigration purposes?
How does the government’s reply stand up to scrutiny? Let’s take it apart. Read more
House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Immigration Bill 2013-14
Here you can browse the record of the public proceedings of the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Immigration Bill.