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Women with babies and very young children were among 56 migrants held in a cramped room covered with thin mattresses at a unit in Dover, MPs say.
Members of the home affairs committee have expressed their shock and serious concern after observing the scenes during a visit in Kent this week.
They said it was “wholly inappropriate” and a clear Covid risk, with some migrants held beyond legal limits.
The Home Office said it takes the welfare of migrants seriously.
But it added that services were under pressure from “unacceptable numbers of people” crossing the Channel at