Oakington Immigration Reception CentreEdit profile
Oakington Immigration Reception Centre is a UK Home Office immigration detention centre, located in Cambridgeshire, England. Originally a World War II airfield, RAF Oakington, during the war it was used for Short Stirling bomber forces, as well as other assorted units. The base contracted after the war, and much evidence of its former presence is visible in farmland surrounding the current perimeter. It was used for flight training until the 1970s, and then became a barracks. Taken over by the Home Office, it was converted to an immigration centre in 2000. Outsourced to Global Solutions, it holds or processes around 450 political asylum seekers, and between opening and mid-2005 had processed over 40,000 immigrants. It operates the Immigration Department's seven-day fast-track assessment process, which involves a series of interviews over an average of 14 days, will decide the validity of their case. If refused asylum (as 98% at Oakington are), detainees will be deported. If they gain asylum they are released into the community. The centre has received repeated criticisms from the Prisons Inspector and from others regarding safety of children and adults detained there. In January 2008 it was announced that centre was the second worst in the country. The centre was due to close in 2006 but is now expected to close in November 2010. The site was acquired in March 2006 by English Partnerships , for a new town called Northstowe.