Migrant dies at Manston Detention Center in Kent, Home Office confirms
A man staying at Manston Migrant Processing Center has died, the Home Office has announced.
Few details are known so far about the incident, but the Home Office said the man died in hospital on Saturday morning after “falling ill”.
It is understood the man arrived in the UK on a small boat crossing on November 12. He was reportedly taken ill on Friday evening and taken to the nearest hospital for monitoring.
A Home Office spokesperson said there was “no evidence at this stage to suggest this tragic death was caused by an infectious disease”.
They added: “We take the safety and wellbeing of the people in our care very seriously and provide 24/7 healthcare facilities with qualified medical staff in Manston.”
Efforts are underway to inform the man’s relatives.
A statement from the Home Office posted on Twitter said: “We express our heartfelt condolences to everyone affected.”
“We take the safety of the people in our care very seriously and are deeply saddened by this event.
“A post-mortem examination will take place so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
The small craft crisis has been in the headlines for the past few weeks as ministers come under fire from the overcrowded chaos at the Kent detention centre.
At one point, up to 4,000 people were being held at the site, which is designed to hold just 1,600. That number then dropped to capacity.
Asylum seekers are only meant to be in Manston for short periods of time while undergoing security and identity checks, before being moved to Home Office asylum accommodation.
Some people have been detained for longer periods due to a lack of alternative accommodation, with concerns over poor conditions.
Last Friday it was revealed that thousands of asylum seekers needed to be vaccinated against diphtheria after dozens of cases were discovered across England.
The Interior Ministry said I some of the cases were at the controversial Manston reception center and the asylum seekers were being treated with antibiotics. It is understood that the man who died on Saturday had not contracted diphtheria.
An autopsy should be performed.
Additional reporting by Press Association