Report shows need to end indefinite detention at Campsfield House in Kidlington


An independent report which has raised concerns about health care and the treatment of detainees shows need to end indefinite detention at Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre in Kidlington according to the local MP.

A report published this week by the Independent Monitoring Board at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Kidlington has raised concerns and shows the need for the system of immigration detention to be radically changed, according to local MP Layla Moran.

The 2017 Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre concludes that it is a “general well-run centre, though with some areas of concern”.

Areas that the Independent Monitoring Board said were a cause for concern included:

  • the length of detention
  • the relatively high proportion of detainees taken into detention and subsequently released
  • the need for better health care and integration with the NHS
  • the need for more sport and recreational facilities

The Board said that most of these issues were due to Home Office practices and procedures decided by the Government, rather than being the responsibility of the private company which runs the Centre.

Layla Moran said she would be raising the report’s findings with the Home Office and in Parliament as part of her campaign to close Campsfield House and end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers.

Layla Moran said:

“I share local residents’ distress that the shameful practices of indefinite detention and the questionable treatment of those fleeing war, persecution and torture are continuing to take place on our doorstep.

“It is time the Government decided to treat those looking to build a better life in this country with the dignity and respect they deserve.

“They should start by ending indefinite detention by introducing a 28-day limit along with community alternatives to detention so that centres like Campsfield are no longer a stain on society."

Ms Moran added:

“As we have seen in recent weeks, those caught up in the Windrush scandal have been detained and deported despite being British citizens. Whilst there is no evidence of anyone affected being held at Campsfield House, it shows the problems with the current system and the need to end detention and close Campsfield for good.”


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