Response to Independent Chief Inspector’s report on fast track detention

Last updated February 23, 2012Press release

In response to today’s report by Independent Chief Inspector John Vine into the Detained Fast Track (DFT) system, Dave Garratt, Chief Executive of Refugee Action, said:

“We welcome this report which reveals serious failings in the DFT system. UKBA’s interview and decision-making targets are too short to allow people to present their evidence or even get a grip on the process they are entering into. The report also shows that the screening process, which determines who should be fast-tracked, has serious flaws in it. We are particularly concerned that almost half of the people later released from detention show evidence that they were the victims of torture or trafficking. This is wholly unacceptable.

“We believe that the concept of the Detained Fast Track System is fundamentally flawed. It will always run the risk of unjustifiably detaining people who have committed no crime, including many whose experiences have left them incredibly vulnerable and in need of support, not imprisonment. We believe UKBA should end this process entirely as it plays no part in a fair asylum decision-making process.”

To read the report go to: http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Asylum_A-thematic-inspection-of-Detained-Fast-Track.pdf

ENDS

For more information please contact Julia Ravenscroft, media officer
at Refugee Action, on 0161 831 5454 / 07771 748 159 or
Juliar@refugee-action.org.uk.

Notes to Editors:

  • Refugee Action is an independent, national charity working to enable refugees to build new lives. We provide practical advice and assistance for newly arrived asylum seekers and long-term commitment to their settlement through community development work, and received 30,000 visits from asylum seekers last year. As one of the country’s leading agencies in the field, Refugee Action has 30 year’ experience in pioneering innovative work in partnership with refugees.