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BID gives oral evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK
On 6th November BID provided oral evidence to the APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK.
On 21st October, BID provided oral evidence to parliament's Justice Committee. The committee is investigating the impact of the April 2013 legal aid cuts.
On 9/10/14, the Independent Family Returns Panel published their Annual Report for 2012-14 - download this here. The panel advises the Home Office on the immigration detention of children and forcible removal of families from the UK.
New BID report on bail address delays 'No place to go: delays in Home Office provision of Section 4(1)(c) bail accommodation '
Many immigration detainees are reliant on the Home Office to provide them with accommodation on release given the absence of friends or family in the community who might be willing or able to accommodate them on release.
Today BID is publishing a new report 'Denial of Justice: the hidden use of UK prisons for immigration detention'. As of the 31 December 2013, 2,796 people were held in immigration detention in immigration removal centres, in short-term holding facilities, and in...
Latest Home Office travel document timescales grid now available via BID Freedom of Information Act request, August 2014
This guidance document for Home Office staff contains information whether a European Union (EU) letter or Emergency Travel Document (ETD) is required for return, the minimum documentary requirements for an ETD, timescales for production of an ETD if original...
Only 2 convictions for non-cooperation with the Home Office re-documentation process during 2013, BID FOI request reveals
The Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004 introduced criminal penalties for individuals who fail to cooperate with attempts to obtain travel documents to facilitate their removal from the UK.
This week BID was interviewed for research currently being conducted into the quality of legal advice for asylum seekers, with reference to the position of immigration detainees.
A suitable bail address is an essential requirement for immigration detainees applying to the First-tier Tribunal for release on bail. Any detainee is free to apply to the Home Office for a bail address under Section 4(1)(c) of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999.
The UN Human Rights Committee is currently assessing the UK’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. BID has produced a briefing for the committee outlining our key concerns.