Residents to learn more about Dorset's new Immigration Removal Centre

Dorset Echo: Residents to learn more about Dorset's new Immigration Removal Centre Residents to learn more about Dorset's new Immigration Removal Centre

RESIDENTS will be able to find out more about supporting those held at Dorset’s new Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) at a meeting tonight.

The former Verne prison on Portland is reopening as an IRC after an extensive refurbishment.

It will house up to 580 men over 18 who have been detained by the Home Office under immigration law.

The Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) is hosting an ‘awareness raising event’ in Weymouth to discuss the opening. AVID will be joined by a panel of speakers from Detention Action and Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group, as well as a speaker with personal experience of detention, to discuss indefinite detention, and how people in Dorset can get involved in supporting detainees.

AVID’s director Ali McGinley said: “We hope the event will be a valuable opportunity for people to come along and find out more about the realities of immigration detention in the UK, what life will be like for those held at the Verne, and how they can help by getting involved in setting up a local visitors group to support them.”

The public meeting ‘Indefinite Detention: IRC The Verne’ will be held at St John’s Church, Greenhill tonight at 6.45pm.

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12:54pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bob Goulding says...

How does the term 'Removal Centre' suddenly translate to 'Indefinite Detention Centre'? Surely ‘Removal Centre’ suggests short term stop-over while ‘Indefinite Detention’ suggests long stay. Not what we were expecting I think.
How does the term 'Removal Centre' suddenly translate to 'Indefinite Detention Centre'? Surely ‘Removal Centre’ suggests short term stop-over while ‘Indefinite Detention’ suggests long stay. Not what we were expecting I think. Bob Goulding
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2:29pm Thu 27 Feb 14

cosmick says...

All we want to do with these people is remove them. Get them out ASAP. Spend the money on the HARD WORKING BRITISH PEOPLE.
Lets get UKIP elected and cut down the numbers of these spongers.
All we want to do with these people is remove them. Get them out ASAP. Spend the money on the HARD WORKING BRITISH PEOPLE. Lets get UKIP elected and cut down the numbers of these spongers. cosmick
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