The High Court has today handed down a judgment in which it finds the Home Office unlawfully housed asylum seekers at Napier Barracks in Kent.
The Claimants, six asylum seekers who were all victims of
trafficking and/or torture, were housed in Napier Barracks, a former military
camp in Kent, along with hundreds of others from September 2020 until February
2021. The Court found that the accommodation did not meet the “minimum
standards” for reception of asylum seekers set out in section 96 IAA 1999 read
with Directive 2013/9/EC. It also found that the selection process for people
to be housed at the Barracks and the detention of the residents from 15 January
2021, when the instruction was given that they could only leave with
permission, were both unlawful.
Tom Hickman QC, instructed by Deighton Pierce Glynn (DPG), appeared on behalf of four of the Claimants.
A copy of the judgment is available here.
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