Migrant staying at Home Office’s controversial Manston immigration centre dies after ‘becoming unwell,’ officials confirm

  • The person was taken straight to hospital upon their arrival in the UK last week
  • They were later discharged to Manston, but became unwell on Friday
  • They passed away on Saturday morning, the Home Office confirmed in a tweet 
  • It comes after weeks of controversy about the poor conditions at the centre 

A migrant who arrived in the UK and was sent to the controversial Manston immigration centre has died, the Home Office has said.

The person, who has not been named, is said to have arrived in the UK last week and was taken straight to hospital.

They were later discharged and taken to Manston, near the port of Dover in Kent.

On Friday, they became ill and sadly passed away this morning, The Telegraph reports.

The news follows weeks of controversies around conditions at immigration centres in the UK, especially at Manston. 

Manston is one of the main processing centres designed to hold migrants until more suitable accommodation can be found

Manston is one of the main processing centres designed to hold migrants until more suitable accommodation can be found

The Home Office said in a statement: ‘A person staying at our Manston facility has sadly died in hospital this morning after becoming unwell. We express our heartfelt condolences to all those affected. 

‘We take the safety of those in our care extremely seriously and are profoundly saddened by this event. 

‘A post-mortem examination will take place so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.’

In recent weeks there have been reports of serious infections at Manston including diptheria and scabies.

It was revealed last week that the government is to vaccinate people within the centre against diptheria after several cases were detected there. 

The Manston centre in Kent was the subject of a right-wing terror attack last month, in which a man drove more than 100 miles and threw three homemade petrol bombs at the gates. One member of staff was injured. 

The centre was designed to hold people who had arrived in the UK via small boat crossings for just a couple of days while they were processed and alternative accommodation was found.

But despite being built to house up to 1,600 people at once, by the end of October there were more than 4,000 people there – including young families who had been at the centre more than 30 days.

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