Immigrants to UK held in prisonlike conditions
London (AFP) - Immigrants to Britain detained in the country's largest detention centre were kept in "prison-like" conditions for "excessively" long periods of time, according to a watchdog report released on Tuesday.
Foreign nationals were housed in the facility near Heathrow Airport on the western outskirts of London in some cases for as long as four years, the government probe said.
Inspectors visiting Harmondsworth centre found that planned removals of immigrants had consistently failed to materialise due to last-minute legal challenges or a lack of travel documents.
The report, conducted by the government's Inspectorate of Prisons, also concluded that some detentions were delayed because of failings by the Home Office, the British interior ministry.
Publishing the probe, chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said: "The continuing lack of a time limit on detention meant that some men had been held for excessively long periods."Read More...