At our members’ meeting last month, we heard from two of our members, Kent Refugee Help and Samphire, about the recent use of army barracks in Kent to accommodate people seeking asylum.

Our members are really concerned at this increasing use of former army camps to accommodate people seeking asylum and see it as another form of immigration detention. Last week we held a special meeting just on this topic with speakers from Napier in Kent, Penally in Pembrokeshire and Coltishall in Norfolk. We also heard from Yarl’s Wood where a temporary holding facility is being set up next to the detention centre.

We are very concerned at this development and we are exploring how we can add to the current campaigning underway. Do check out the current campaign actions being run by Refugee Action and Freedom from Torture.