All Articles: Detention

European Court of Human Rights finds vulnerable Zimbabwean national unlawfully detained by Home Office

In a recent decision from Strasbourg, the European Court of Human Rights has found the UK Home Office unlawfully detained a Zimbabwean national. The Court found that the UK authorities had failed to act with sufficient “due diligence” in progressi ...

3rd July 2017 By

Home Office fails to act on recommendations of family returns advisers

The Home Office has belatedly published the reports of the Independent Family Returns Panel for 2012 to 2014 and 2014 to 2016. Home Office responses have been published in parallel. Why the Home Office was withholding from publication for so long th ...

19th January 2017 By

Blocking detainees’ access to legal advice websites probably breaches Article 10 ECHR

Free Movement has reported twice on immigration removal centres (IRCs) blocking access to websites informing detainees of their legal rights. HM Chief Inspector of Prisons criticised Haslar IRC two years ago for having the websites of Bail for Immigr ...

13th December 2016 By

New immigration statistics: some highlights

The quarterly immigration statistics were published this morning. Net migration has reached its highest ever level, now standing at 336,000 for the year ended June 2015. Immigration increased by 62,000 to 636,000 and emigration decreased by 20,000 to ...

26th November 2015 By

Damning official reports on The Verne and Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centres

Yesterday The Verne Immigration Removal Centre was criticised by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons for its “prison-like” regime and high levels of violence and today HMIP described Yarl’s Wood as an issue “of natio ...

12th August 2015 By

Detained fast track asylum process suspended

In May 2000 I began work at the Oakington “Reception” Centre near Cambridge for the Immigration Advisory Service, a charity offering legal advice and assistance to detained asylum seekers. And what a reception we offered. It was my first p ...

2nd July 2015 By

Review: Detention Under the Immigration Acts by Denholm and Dunlop

What feels like months ago now I was kindly provided with a review copy of Detention Under the Immigration Acts: Law and Practice by Graham Denholm and Rory Dunlop with Lisa Giovannetti QC as Consultant Editor. It has taken me this long to do the actu ...

29th June 2015 By