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UK: Undocumented Migrant Wins Substantial Damages

January 2014, 29
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Undocumented Migrant Wins Substantial Damages
Following a high court ruling in the UK a migrant man from Ghanaian is declared to have been wrongfully detained in an immigration centre, and due to his mental illness he is to receive substantial damages.

During the trial the judge leading spoke of the mans degrading and inhumane treatment and he has heavily criticized the Immigration Authorities due to this case. The Home Office, however, are said to be considering an appeal regarding the ruling, he said that their treatment of the migrant man was unreasonable and unlawful.

Theresa May, who is the UK’s Home Secretary, is in the firing line for allowing the man to be in an immigration centre as the policy for those with mental illness means that these centres are not an appropriate option.

The man was detained due to outstaying his six month Visitor Visa in 2005, once his visa expired he continued to live in the UK which is an illegal thing to do. He lived here, illegally from 2005 until his arrest in 2011 after he came to the Polices attention after reports of his ‘strange’ behaviour in the street. A police officer checked the details of the migrant man and discovered that he was an ‘overstayer’. He was initially kept at the police station before being moved to a detention centre where he spent twelve weeks before his deportation to his home country of Ghana.

The man has since been diagnosed as a sufferer of paranoid schizophrenia and with severe depressive symptoms. The Immigration authorities are being dubbed as a failure for not recognising the significant facts relating to mental health. They also failed to manage or treat his illnesses. The migrant man, who cannot be named at present, was considered fit for the detention centres during the time it took for his deportation to arise, this is now proven to be inaccurate and this meant that for the duration of his stay he received no medical treatment for his mental illnesses.

The man is set to gain substantial damages for his treatment which will be considered on how long his duration in the detention centre was and the fact he was denied such vital medical intervention. It is not yet clear just what kind of a figure the man will receive from the UK government.

The Home Office are said to be extremely disappointed with the results and are exploring all the options. Immigration control is a huge issue in the UK and detention is a vital part of the effectiveness of the immigration issue in the country.

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