More than 300 jobs will be lost after the Government announced plans to close the Oakington Immigration Centre.
The centre has been the subject over a number of reports over the past few months that question its relevance, cost effectiveness and current ability to house such a large number of detainees.
It was also the scene of major unrest in April this year following the death of a Kenyan immigrant, Eliud Nyenze, from a heart attack.
Minister for Immigration, Damian Green, revealed yesterday that the centre will close on the 12th November with plans to move the current operation to a new centre in Northstowe.
GS4, a company that supplies staff to the centre, has already begun consulting with those affected and a spokesperson for the company commented:
“Obviously we are disappointed with the news but will work closely with the UK Border Agency during the coming months to ensure the closure is effected as smoothly as possible.”
4th July 2012