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Figures Reveal A Fall In Detainees Held In UK Detention Centres

As the UK Government responds to concerns about the increase in number of infections, most detainees are now being released from centres.

As the UK Government responds to concerns about the increase in a number of infections, most detainees are now being released from centres.

Between March and April recorded figures reveal that more than 700 detainees have been released. Campaigners are calling on authorities “to do the humane, responsible thing, and close centres altogether”. The Charity Detention Action revealed that figures released during the legal challenge show that there now 368 people being held.

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Most of the released detainees have UK addresses, while others including asylum seekers and ex-offenders have been assisted with shelter and support by the charities working with them.

Some detention centres like Tinsley House at Gatwick Airport and Dungavel in South Lanarkshire are thought to be nearly empty. After a case of the coronavirus sparked panic dozens of people were released in Yarl`s Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire and only 13 women were left.

There are claims which might not be necessarily true that some foreign nationals have been allowed to walk out of Immigration Removal centres without money or accommodation.

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A former detainee who goes by the name Jolene who was released from Yarl`s Wood last month described the process as “chaotic”. There was a weird atmosphere after the outbreak of Covid-19 in March and some of the staff started whispering and wearing masks,” she said.

Although the release of detainees seems to be the best decision during this period of the pandemic and safe for Britain, it is also not fair for those detainees who are released and left without money or accommodation.

Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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