The Bibby Stockholm barge at Portland - a quasi-detention site for asylum-seekers

This briefing compares conditions at the barge site with the 6 features of quasi-detention as outlined by the APPG on Immigration Detention in their December 2021 report.

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Bibby Stockholm

The latest MAF update reveals it’s “in no one’s interests” for asylum-seekers to leave the barge or get off their shuttle bus, which only adds to the existing quasi-detention conditions

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The controversial asylum-seeker barge, the Bibby Stockholm

While negotiating its first barge for asylum-seekers, the government dithered for so long that two other barges, both preferred options, slipped through their fingers.

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Suicidal asylum-seeker in a hotel

One Life To Live is helping to expose suicide amongst asylum-seekers who are finding life in hotels, or transfer to the Bibby Stockholm, too much to bear.

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Barbed wire at an asylum seeker containment site
Asylum-seekers gazing out to sea

Following the High Court’s refusal of a claim against the Home Office, a fresh application for a JR – this time against Dorset Council – has been issued.

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Carralyn Parkes being interviewed outside the High Court in London about the Bibby Stockholm judicial review

What was the claim really about? How significant is the judgment, and how might we feel about it? What are the next steps?

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The High Court, London, whre the application for a judicial review for the Bibby Stockholm will be heard

What will happen at the permission hearing for a judicial review about the Bibby Stockholm at the High Court on 10 October?

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A sad asylum-seeker looks out to sea

An FOI request has revealed that although Dorset Council knew there was Legionella on board the barge on Monday 7 August, at no point did its officials require that the residents be removed.

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The Bibby Stockholm under tow

If the Bibby Stockholm is NOT a vessel, this throws into doubt which regulations – maritime or land-based – should be applied to ensure health & safety on board. And it’s not working, because the barge patently isn’t safe.

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