On 21 Mar 2018, the Home Affairs Committee of the British parliament released a report accusing the United Kingdom of wrongfully detaining asylum seekers and other immigrants, holding them while vulnerable as well as holding them for too long.
Following the exposition of the physical and verbal abuse received by detainees at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre in 2017, with the reports of adverse mental and physical effects, the Parliamentary committee started looking into the immigration policies of the British government.
In a bid to get the right to enter or/and remain in the UK, immigrants go through legal proceedings that could see them held for periods that could run into years. This is an administrative procedure, not a criminal procedure.
Asylum seekers, people who have overstayed their visa and foreign national offenders (FNOs) are the mix of people Detainees.
Inefficient Immigration Process
The unnecessary lengthy stay in detention is proof of the inefficiencies in the process according to the report.
It says the contrast between the trauma detainees go through for being held for too long and the discovered lack of urgency on the side of the Home Office and the immigration system
People with lived experience, independent inspectorate bodies, medical professionals and many other stakeholders are rapidly agreeing on the urgent need to set a maximum time limit for detention. Unnecessary, inhumane and harmful are the words the report used for lengthy immigration system.
The report recognizes the difficult decisions immigration officials have to make on a daily basis but is unimpressed with the attitude shown towards human liberty and rights by the Home office, more often than not.
In the whole of Europe, the UK is the only one does not have a time limit set for detention.
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