A Plan to end detention of children

Detention centre of Dungavel to be replaced with former council flats in Glasgow. 23 October 2008. A £150,000 pilot project aimed at ending the detention of children at a controversial immigration centre is due to begin next year, it has been reported.

Failed asylum seekers awaiting deportation will be housed in former council flats in Glasgow before being sent back to their country of origin.

Families living in the flats will have access to basic amenities including a washing machine, fridge and furniture until they are repatriated.

The scheme is designed to end youngsters’ incarceration at the Dungavel facility in Lanarkshire.

The pilot follows talks between Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy and the UK Borders and Immigration Agency.

Mr Murphy said: "The truth is no politician of any party has ever liked seeing families put behind a barbed wire. I want to see if we can do something sensible, but also sensitive, that looks after the children."

"This is a trial based on concerns raised, in particular by the churches in Scotland. We are going to work together to see if there is a better way of doing this."

Dungavel has been a constant target of criticism from politicians, pro-asylum activists and church leaders since it opened in 2001.

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