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LGBT asylum seeker reveals trauma of detention in UK


The British Red Cross is one of the biggest service providers for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Britain has one of the largest detention estates in Europe and are the only country in the EU to not have a maximum limit on the length of time for which someone can be detained. Last year the British Red Cross used our access to prior detainees to conduct a big research project on the humanitarian impact of the UK immigration detention system.

David (not his real name) who features in this video is one of the case studies in the resulting report: Never Truly Free. This was the first intervention of its kind by a major charity and the report calls for significant reforms. One of the key focuses is around making reporting to the Home Office more humane. Currently the process means asylum seekers live in fear of being detained every week. 

The impact of reporting on mental health is is something David speaks passionately about in the video. Out of 26 case studies, 4 had considered suicide and 5 had actually attempted. 25 of the 26 had been given no access to mental health support services. 

You can download the full report here: https://www.redcross.org.uk/-/...

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