Is a new asylum facility simply child detention under another name? – The Guardian

Posted August 24th, 2011 in asylum, charities, children, detention, news by sally

“A new ‘pre-departure accommodation centre’ is expected to open its doors to failed asylum seekers and their children next week. The converted special needs school in Pease Pottage, West Sussex, will house families for up to a week, before they are forcibly removed from the UK. The new facility follows the closure of the family unit of the controversial Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre, in Bedfordshire. The UK Border Agency (UKBA) insists that the Pease Pottage ‘family-friendly’ accommodation will only be used ‘as a last resort where families resolutely fail to comply [to leave the UK?]’.”

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2011