18 February 2009

Asylum seekers granted £150,000 from UKBA

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After two raids of a family's home by the Home Office, a Congolese family has been awarded a total of £150,000 for damages, reports the Telegraph.

The family were waiting for results of their appeal to seek asylum in the UK after their initial applications were rejected.  UK immigration officials conducted two raids on the family, and detained them for a total of 60 days. 

The family took the Home Office to court to sue for psychological damages – particularly for their eight-year-old daughter, and each family member was awarded thousands of pounds in compensation.

A UK Border Agency spokesperson said immigration authorities are working on alternative ways to detain families who have children.  

"During detention or removal from the UK, we take the welfare of families with children extremely seriously.  Officers involved in family removals receive thorough training in procedures to minimise the distress caused.  All members of the family are treated as sensitively as possible," the spokesperson said.

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