UK: Independent review calls for change in detention policy

An independent review into the welfare of persons subject to immigration detention has called on the UK to reduce detention, “boldly and without delay” for “both for reasons of welfare and to deliver better use of public money”. The report contains numerous recommendations, ranging from a ban on detention of pregnant women and a presumption against detaining other vulnerable groups such as victims of FGM or sexual violence, to the closure of the Cedars pre-departure accommodation near Gatwick airport where children continue to be detained.

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