Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, near Heathrow Airport, is one of the United Kingdom’s largest such facilities [File photo: 2004/Toby Melville/Reuters]

London, United Kingdom – As the lock clicked open and the heavy iron gate creaked towards him, Akil – not his real name – was surprised by how numb he felt. The freedom of which he had been dreaming for more than a year was finally here – but instead of elation, there was emptiness.

“I always thought I’d be really happy when it came to it, but I didn’t feel anything … Just a bit confused about why me – why I was being let go,” he says.


Minutes earlier, with a judge in court, solicitor at home and he in

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