Campsfield House IRC set to close in May 2019

November 9, 2018

The government has today announced that Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Oxfordshire is set to close at the end of the current management contract with Mitie. Detention Action and Freed Voices have welcomed the news as a significant step towards a radical reduction in the use and scale of detention.

The closure of Campsfield means that 282 bed spaces are being removed from the detention estate, with the Government’s announcement indicating that by next summer they aim to reduce the size of the estate by almost 40% compared to 2015 levels.

Bella Sankey, Detention Action director, said:
“The closure of Campsfield is a hard won human rights victory and testament to the growing political consensus that detention is dehumanising and ineffective. Minister Noakes has said she is working to make our immigration system rational, humane and fair. To realise this her Government must now introduce a strict 28-day time limit on detention and introduce community based alternatives.”

Freed Voices* said:
“Freed Voices welcome the news that Campsfield is due to close next year. Our members know first hand the indignity and despair that affected everyone who has been detained there. Following a stream of revelations about abuse and self-harm across the detention estate, we hope to see more and more detention centres close until none remain.”

*Freed Voices are a group of experts-by-experience who are committed to speaking out about the realities of detention in the UK. Between them, they have lost over twenty years of their lives to immigration detention.

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