Immigration removal centres
This page provides information about the UK Border Agency's immigration removal centres around the UK.
Our removal centres are used for temporary detention, in situations where people have no legal right to be in the UK but have refused to leave voluntarily. Those detained in any of our centres can leave at any time to return to their home country.
Some detainees are foreign national prisoners who have completed prison terms for serious crimes, but who then refuse to comply with the law by leaving the UK.
If detainees refuse to comply with the law and leave the UK, we will move to enforce their return.
Visiting someone in a centre
If you would like to visit someone in an immigration removal centre, you can find visiting hours on the web page for that centre (see below).
We provide a high standard of facilities in our centres. These include libraries, formal education classes and access to on-the-job training. We aim to help detainees make the best use of their time and to prepare them for their return home.
The centres also provide primary healthcare facilities, equivalent to those available in the community. Other health facilities include dental, optical and mental health services.
Our centres' facilities are regularly and independently inspected.
Assisted voluntary returns
The assisted voluntary return scheme, which provides support to individuals and families who wish to return to their home country voluntarily, is open to many detainees. The support can include local training and education, as well as other forms of practical help. All detainees are advised about the scheme during their centre induction.
Select a centre from the list below to find more information about it.
This recent addition to our network of removal centres is situated alongside our Tinsley House centre.
Campsfield House is located approximately 5 miles north of Oxford and has been operating since 1993.
Opened in August 2004, Colnbrook is in a prime location next to Heathrow Airport.
This centre is situated on the Western Heights overlooking the port of Dover.
Dungavel House was built as a shooting lodge and was formerly used as a prison. It is located on the B743 between Muirkirk and Strathaven.
Harmondsworth is in a prime location adjacent to Heathrow Airport and is a neighbour to the Colnbrook centre.
Built in 1864 as naval barracks, Haslar became a detention centre for young offenders in 1962. It re-opened in its current form in June 1989.
Larne House is a residential short term holding facility, and currently operates under the escorting services contract between UK Border Agency and Reliance.
Just off the A46 between Newark and Lincoln, Morton Hall is the latest addition to the UK Border Agency estate.
Pennine House is a residential short term holding facility, and currently operates under the escorting services contract between UK Border Agency and Reliance.
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