15 June 2010

Review of UK immigration child detention in Glasgow

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A wide-reaching review of the treatment of asylum seeker families with children has been launched in Glasgow by the UK Immigration Minister, Damian Green.

The UK Immigration minister is holding talks at the UK Border Agency's headquarters in the city with the aim to end the detention of children, a practice that has already been halted at at the Dungavel removal centre in Lanarkshire but continues in England.

The removal of detention for children was a Liberal Democrat manifesto commitment within days of coming into office, and while the detention of children at Dungavel immigration centre has ended families are still transferred to a similar centre in Bedfordshire.

Mr Green told BBC Radio Scotland, the review would look at various alternatives, including tagging.

He said: "I think the problem is trying to develop a system that can distinguish quickly, efficiently and fairly between genuine refugees and those who are just using the asylum system to come here as economic migrants. Regrettably a lot of people do abuse the system like that."

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