Asylum seeker cannot remain at Kent army barracks, court says

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High court ruling opens door for more people to be transferred out of ‘wholly unsuitable’ Napier barracks

An asylum seeker and potential victim of trafficking housed at the controversial Napier army barracks in Kent must be urgently rehoused in alternative accommodation within 24 hours after a high court ruling.

Clive Sheldon QC, sitting as a deputy high court judge, on Tuesday ruled that the asylum seeker had made a strong case that the accommodation was inadequate for him and that the “prison-like” conditions and risk of contracting Covid-19 while there made it wholly unsuitable.

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