An inspection report on Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, published today, reveals many detainees are being held at the centre indefinitely, and others have vital information missing from their files.
The report, by Dame Anne Owers, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP), reveals that records for one Eritrean detainee stated he had been in detention for six months, when he had in fact been in immigration detention for two years.
The report also revealed that several detainees are being held at the centre with no prospect of removal from the UK. This is in breach of UK law, the European Convention on Human Rights, and UK Border Agency Policy that detention should be ‘for the shortest period necessary’.
Caroline Slocock, Chief Executive of Refugee and Migrant Justice said:“Indefinite detention of foreign nationals in immigration removal centres is unlawful. People should never be detained indefinitely, and for the authorities in charge of them not to even bother keeping accurate records shows a shocking disregard for the welfare of the individuals and for human rights. Without proper records, it is also difficult to see how the Home Office can enforce its own policy of using detention for ‘the shortest period necessary’.
“We welcome the report’s recommendations that the UKBA ensures the first date of detention is recorded for each case file, and we are calling on the Government to release detainees now for whom there is no prospect of removal. Refugee and Migrant Justice urges the UKBA to urgently address this issue.”
The average length of stay at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre has increased from 46 days at a previous inspection, to 61.