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12 October 2007


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Drive-thru immigration detention centre opened
The government has set up a mobile immigration removal centre to help with the speedy detection and removal of suspected illegal immigrants

  • The centre, a purpose-built lorry with the capacity to hold up to twelve people for up to twelve hours, is being used to provide immigration facilities at ports too small to have a permanent presence
  • The scheme is currently at the pilot stage, with just one lorry covering southeast England
  • Rather than transport people around the country, the centre will travel to different ports as needed and operate as a temporary though static facility
  • The van comes equipped with a toilet, hot shower, television and DVD player


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