Home Office 'uses racial bias' when detaining immigrants
Although the Home Office does not record ethnicity data for detainees, analysis of nationalities of those recently held within the immigration detention estate found that citizens from countries with predominantly black and brown populations are held for substantially longer periods than those from predominantly white countries.
Around a third – approximately a 1,000 – being held in immigration detention centres were freed at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to try and stop the spread of the virus. They are now waiting to learn what will happen to them once the lockdown is further eased.
Writer: Mark Townsend