A new law called The Illegal Migration Act 2023 has recently come into force. The Act has brought about significant changes to the UK asylum and immigration system for people who arrive in the UK on or after 20 July 2023. We are in the process of updating the Toolkit to reflect these developments. For now, please be aware that some of the information in the Toolkit may be out-of-date for people who arrived in the UK after that date. To stay up to date with any changes to the Toolkit, please sign up to our newsletter here.

If you are subject to ‘immigration control’ it is possible that at some point during the legal process, you could be held in immigration detention. Detention is not prison, but it is very similar. It is a harrowing experience, and it is very important to be prepared for it. Not everyone that could be detained is detained but it’s important to learn about immigration detention – even though it’s not a nice thing to think about – in case it happens to you. It’s very important to be prepared in case you are detained, because if it happens it will happen suddenly

Read more about detention

Immigration Removal Centres

Brook House IRC

Perimeter Road South
Gatwick Airport
West Sussex RH6 0PQ
Tel: 01293 566500 (to arrange visits)

Campsfield House IRC

Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Campsfield House was closed in 2019. However, in 2022, it was announced that Home Office had started the first stages of the procurement to operate a new IRC on the site, with a capacity of up to 400 beds for men.

Colnbrook IRC

Colnbrook by Pass
Harmondsworth
West Drayton UB7 0FX
Tel: 020 8607 5200

Derwentside IRC

Corbridge Road
Consett, County Durham
ML10 6RF
Phone 01207 260221
Email: derwentside.visits@serco.com (for general visits)

Dungavel House IRC

Strathaven
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6RF
Phone: 01698 395000

Harmondsworth IRC

Colnbrook by Pass
Harmondsworth
West Drayton UB7 0HB
Phone: 020 8283 3850

Haslar IRC

Gosport, Hampshire

Haslar was closed in 2015. The current government has announced plans to reopen this centre with significantly increased bed spaces, up to 600 beds (men only).

Tinsley House IRC

Perimeter Road South
Gatwick Airport
West Sussex RH6 0PQ
Phone: 01293 434800

Yarl’s Wood IRC

Twinwoods Road
Clapham
Bedfordshire
MK41 6HL
Phone: 01234 821000

Short Term Holding Facilities

Larne House

Residential Short Term Holding Facility

2 Hope Street
Larne
Antrim BT40 1UR
Phone: 028 282 62070

Manchester

Residential Short Term Holding Facility

(formerly Pennine House)
1506-1510
Terminal 2
Manchester Airport M90 4AG
Tel: 0161 489 5702

Manston

Residential Short Term Holding Facility
Residential Holding Room

Ramsgate, CT12 5BS
Capacity: 3000 bed spaces(2876 bed spaces allocated for STHF and 124 bed spaces allocated for RHR)

Swinderby

Residential Short Term Holding Facility

Park Crescent, Eagle Road
Swinderby,
Lincoln LN6 9HU