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09/05/00
New Camps for Refugees
- Detention centre programme set for increase

FRESH from attacking the Tory opposition for its anti-asylum seeker stance, the government is now planning to speed up its detention centre building programme.

Refugees from the world's war zones will increasingly find themselves housed in run down former army camps after it was revealed the government would be using barracks as detention centres at two sites on the outskirts of London, one at Marston in Kent, the other at Thurleigh in Bedfordshire. There will also be an expansion of the detention facilities at Heathrow airport.

Taken together with the one camp already happily separating husbands from wives and children in near prison conditions, the detention centres will hold at last 2,000 refugees.

Just last month, government ministers were quick to lambast Tory leader William Hague for his plans to house all asylum seekers in detention centres but now appear ready to play the same blame-the-victim game.




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