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Asylum Seekers Being Held At Dungavel For More Than A Year


04/03/15


Asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are being held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre near Strathaven, for more than a year.


Figures emerged as MPs recommended a 28-day limit for detainees.

Two people had been kept at Dungavel for more than a year.

In January, 41 detainees had been there for more than three months, with 32 there for more than six months.


One person from Iran, who had been in Dungavel for 11 months, had been in the detention system for almost two-and-a-half years.

An all-party group of MPs and peers have called for urgent changes to the system and say no one should be in immigration detention longer than 28 days.


Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather, who chaired the immigration detention inquiry, said: “We detain far too many people unnecessarily and for far too long.”


Tory MP David Burrowes, who was on the inquiry panel, called for a rethink on Government policy.

He said: “The lack of a time limit is resulting in people being locked up for months and, in some cases, several years, purely for administrative reasons.”


Opened in 2001, Dungavel is the only IRC in Scotland. There are 12 other centres across England.

In 2010, the Government announced children would no longer be detained at Dungavel.

A probe in 2012 found that victims of torture had been held at the centre.