Yarl's Wood immigration centre: Questions over need to detain women

Two-thirds of women held at an immigration removal centre are later released into the community, a watchdog report has revealed.

Inspectors said the finding raised concerns about whether the women should have been detained at Yarl’s Wood, Bedfordshire, in the first place.

The assessment was carried out by by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) in June.

The Home Office said: “Detention and removal are essential parts of effective immigration controls.”

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