Immigration detention Contents



1 Introduction

Background to our inquiry

The cost of immigration detention

Report structure

2 Operation of the detention estate

Overview of immigration detention

Analysis of government immigration statistics

3 Decision to detain

Judicial oversight

Separation of families

Detention of older people

Wrongful detention

Detention gatekeeping processes

Face to face engagement with detainees

Screening on arrival

Provision of legal advice

4 Treatment of vulnerable adults in detention


The Shaw independent reviews

Adults at Risk (AAR) policy

Criticism of the AAR policy

AAR levels of risk

Dynamic nature of vulnerabilities

Risk of harm balanced against ‘immigration factors’

Legal challenge to the Adults at Risk statutory guidance

Home Office revises AAR policy with a new definition of torture

Rule 35

5 Length of detention

Casework delays

Home Office decisions to maintain detention

Case progression panels

Barriers to release

Home Office assessment of ‘absconding’ and ‘non-compliance’

Challenges within the immigration bail system

Time limit

Impact of immigration detention on health

A time limit in practice

Applying the learning from other processes

Alternatives to detention

6 Immigration removal centres – management and resources


Standards of healthcare provision in immigration detention


Culture of abuse

Formal oversight mechanisms of IRCs

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 21 March 2019