The government is paying more than £4m each year in compensation to people who were held unlawfully in immigration detention centres, figures show.

The centres hold people the government is trying to deport, including failed asylum seekers and foreign prisoners.

A BBC Freedom of Information request found the government paid £4m in 2014-15, and between £4-5m in each of the previous three years, totalling £18m.

Reported by BBC News. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.


  1. Can you find out how many times the ICO have used the Dransfield vexatious court Authority under GIA/3037/2011

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