Scottish Refugee Council response to Family Removals report

Scottish Refugee Council response to Family Removals report

John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, released a report today, 27 July, raising serious concerns over the way families are treated when they are removed from the UK. You can read the full report on his website. Here is our response:

Simon Hodgson, Director of Policy and Communications at Scottish Refugee Council, said: ‘We welcome this report and its recommendations. The issues it has raised come as no surprise to us, as our caseworkers deal with many of them on a day-to-day basis.

‘The report reveals a haphazard approach to family welfare in the asylum process and a lack of consistency in how removals are being carried out. It comes at a time when the UK Government has pledged to bring an end to the detention of children in the asylum process.

‘Whatever alternative system they introduce should take heed of the recommendations from this report, in particular developing a clear action plan for each family, and publishing clear management information.

‘The Independent Chief Inspector says the UK Border Agency needs a fundamentally new approach to how they work with families, a view that we share. A fair and just asylum process is not one in which staff put targets and timetables ahead of the welfare of the people they are dealing with.’

Contact media officers Clare Harris/ Karin Goodwin on 0141 223 7927/ 07734 030763 for more information.

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Notes: Visit the website pages of the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/workingwithus/indbodies/chiefinspector/