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Migrants with mental illnesses should never be detained – Report

The Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG) has published a report on the mental health effects of long-term immigration detention.

The report “A prison in the mind” is based on case studies conducted at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.

Through interviews with both detainees and GDWG visitors, the study comes to the conclusion that while detention has a negative effect on detainees’ mental state, it may be inappropriate to label these symptoms as mental health problems, and instead could be seen as a normal reaction to the circumstances that long-term detainees find themselves in.

The report makes a series of recommendations on the subject, primarily that those with diagnosed mental illnesses should never be detained.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT.

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