It has been reported that a number of migrants at the Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre in Bedfordshire have complained about the food being ‘too Western’ in nature.
According to inspectors who visited the prison, one of the main complaints was that lunch consisted of ‘baguettes and salad,’ and the private company who run the facility has been told to make improvements.
According to a report in the Daily Mail:
Immigrants suspected of being here illegally should be served more ‘culturally diverse’ food, a removal centre has been told.
Caterers face claims that meals at Yarl’s Wood, where suspected illegal immigrants are held supposedly pending deportation, are ‘too Western’ for detainees’ tastebuds.
Inspectors said inmates had complained that lunch at the £100 million centre usually consisted of baguettes and salad.
Only one in seven detainees thought the food was good compared to one in four in 2015, according to the prisons watchdog.
Now private firm Serco, which runs the centre in Bedfordshire, has been told to improve its menus. Yarl’s Wood is home to just over 300 detainees, mainly women, from 61 countries. Most inmates are from India, China or nations in Africa.
A report by Peter Clarke, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: ‘The food that we sampled was adequate, but most dishes comprised Western-style food and the menu lacked cultural diversity. The lunchtime meal consisted largely of baguettes or salad. There was very little in any of the menus to reflect the normal diets of, for example, Chinese or African women.’
Food should be suited to the ‘religious and cultural needs’ of detainees, said the report for HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP). Menus should ‘reflect the diverse needs of the population’.
It’s interesting to see that the local MP Philip Davis has slammed the findings of the report and said that those inside the facility should feel ‘lucky’ to even be in the United Kingdom in the first place.
It’s also worth pointing out that there are plenty of people in Britain living in or close to poverty who would very much appreciate a lunch of ‘baguettes and salad.’
Words fail me sometimes.
Tens of thousands of African migrants accept free flights back to Africa after illegally entering Europe
Up to 10,000 Illegal African migrants who have made it to Europe have accepted free flights home as they give up their European dream.
Those who have failed to find a new life in Europe have urged their countrymen to not make the dangerous trip.
“We are targeting flights home for up to 12,000 migrants this year, after only about 2,000 last year,” Federico Soda, of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a UN agency, said.
“The voluntary repatriation flights are being organised out of Libya by the United Nations agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which has sent nearly 10,000 migrants home in 2017, a figure that is expected to rise to 12,000 before the year is out. The numbers involved are a significant rise on 2016, when just 2,000 took up the offer, reports The Times.”
This is great news all around, there are fewer migrants in Europe and African nations now have more manpower to build their own economy. Not to mention the countless lives saved by urging their countrymen not to make the trip.
The government has unveiled brand new plans which it believes will stop the migrant crisis
Theresa May will unveil a £75 million three-year package to fund aid agencies to intercept migrants in desert regions in Africa to persuade them from taking the dangerous boat journeys into Europe.
The package, which will be paid for out of the aid budget, is part of a goodwill gesture to EU leaders at the European Council summit starting tomorrow.
It will come as Mrs May will also make an offer for the protection of rights of EU citizens in the UK.
The government plan isn’t to turn back the boats, or take the migrants to Tunisia (safest port of call), but to ask politely that they don’t come.
It’s going to be a failure.
In 2016, a record 181,000 people arrived in Italy via this route, with a greater number expected in 2017.
Of the 5,000-plus migrants who died at sea last year, the vast majority – nearly 4,600 – lost their lives on this Central Mediterranean route.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: “The UK has been at the forefront of responding to the migration crisis and our work to date has helped reduce total migrant numbers to Europe since 2015.
“But worryingly, more and more people are now using the incredibly dangerous Central Mediterranean route.
“This new UK support will provide desperately needed aid and protection to tens of thousands of the world’s most vulnerable. But critically it will also make clear the massive risks involved at every stage of this route and provide alternatives so those who change their minds can return home.”
I’d be surprised if this approach does actually work.