immigration detention

Greek minister's shame at immigration detention

In the current issue of London Review of Books, Daniel Trilling reports on his visit to the notorious Amygdaleza immigration detention centre on the outskirts of Athens.

Last month, the newly-appointed minister for public order, Yannis Panousis, visited Amygdaleza to express his 'shame, not as a minister but as a human being’ that the detention centre existed. He said he planned to shut it down within a hundred days.

Describing the pens in which migrants are held for months, sometimes years, Trilling writes:

Home Secretary to launch review into welfare of immigration detainees

Theresa May is to launch an independent review into the welfare of immigration detainees, The Guardian reports. The review will be led by former prisons and probation ombudsman Stephen Shaw, and should take around six months to complete. It will assess whether 'improvements can be made to safeguard the health and well-being of detainees held in immigration removal centres and short-term holding facilities, as well as those being escorted in the UK'. 

Serco to be investigated over sex assault claim

Private outsourcing company Serco is to be investigated by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, The Guardian reports. The investigation comes after the company was forced to disclose a secret internal report revealing evidence that it failed to investigate properly a claim of repeated sexual assaults by one of its staff against a female resident at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre.

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