Fresh coronavirus cases found at Napier Barracks, months after major outbreak

Support us and go ad-free Cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) have once again been identified at a military barracks being used to house asylum seekers, several months after a major outbreak at the camp. Unfit habitation The Home Office said a “small number” of infections have been found at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent. Nearly 200 …
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Asylum seekers win High Court challenge over ‘squalid’ Napier Barracks

Six asylum seekers formerly housed at Napier Barracks have won a legal challenge against the Government after a High Court judge found their accommodation failed to meet a “minimum standard”. The former army barracks in Kent have been used to house hundreds of asylum seekers since last September, despite the Home Office being warned by …
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Hundreds to be moved into Napier Barracks despite previous virus outbreak

Hundreds more people are to be moved into Napier Barracks despite serious concerns over conditions, the PA news agency has revealed. Health risk The expected increase comes after nearly 200 cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) were detected and dozens of residents had to be moved out to deal with the crisis earlier this year. An announcement …
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In a letter to Priti Patel, MPs slam use of barracks for refugee housing

It was a “serious error of judgment” to think that military barracks could be suitable to house refugees and asylum seekers, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration (ICIBI) has said. And cross-party members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention have written to home secretary Priti Patel. They’ve said they “entirely …
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High Court told that Napier barracks is ‘unsafe and entirely unsuitable’ to house refugees

A former army barracks being used by the Home Office to house asylum seekers is “unsafe and entirely unsuitable”, the High Court has heard. The Napier Barracks in Kent has been used to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers since last September, despite the Home Office being warned by Public Health England that it was unsuitable. …
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The Home Office is forcing people back to Napier barracks to face ‘prison like’ conditions

Refugees are being moved back into Napier Barracks despite enduring concerns over conditions and coronavirus. One resident who arrived last Friday said the military site in Kent is “like prison”, despite claims from the Home Office that improvements have been made. More people are expected to arrive on Tuesday, the PA news agency understands. Accommodation …
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Asylum seeker recalls ‘worst experience of my life’ living in UK barracks

An asylum seeker who fled gang violence and kidnap in his home country said being housed in military barracks in the UK was like “a really bad dream”. Eduardo spent more than a month living at Penally camp in Wales, one of two Ministry of Defence sites the Home Office has used to house refugees. …
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Housing asylum seekers in barracks against health advice branded ‘moral failure’

A doctor has accused the Home Office of “moral failure” over the continued housing of asylum seekers at an ageing and virus-hit military barracks. Napier Barracks in Kent has been used as “emergency” accommodation since September last year, despite significant welfare concerns. But even before any residents had moved in, Public Health England (PHE) gave …
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‘Please get us out of these barracks’ say residents of the Home Office’s refugee camp in Wales

Refugees are still being housed at a disused army barracks near Tenby, despite repeated complaints that the accommodation is not suitable. The Home Office has stated its intention to move people out of the Penally barracks. But residents say it’s not happening fast enough. Residents told The Canary that only 11 people have been moved …
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Thousands call on Home Office to shut barracks housing refugees amid coronavirus outbreak

120 people have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) at a military barracks housing refugees in Kent. The outbreak has sparked fears of a health crisis. Around 400 people are living at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, which means that over 1 in 4 residents could be infected. The virus outbreak has added to concerns …
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