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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

For further coverage, click here to view the case on DPG’s website.

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