NACCOM is shocked and concerned by the news that the Home Office plans to launch a major operation to detain people in the asylum system from this week, in preparation for removal to Rwanda.

With the passing of the Safety of Rwanda Act earlier this month, an upscale in detention was expected, however the move by the Government to detain people at pace over the coming week has come as a shock to many, including frontline organisations who support those in the asylum system.

Bridget Young, NACCOM’s Director, said; “The Home Office is yet again causing immense distress and misery for people in the asylum system by announcing plans to detain people at scale this week – even when there is no certainty that flights to Rwanda will ever take off. We are deeply concerned about the impact that moves to detain people will have on individuals at risk of detention, their communities, and the organisations that support them – including NACCOM’s frontline members.”

“We’ll be working with members over the coming weeks to understand how we can best support them, to ensure that people and communities can access vital information at what must be an incredibly worrying time.”


NACCOM has pooled some useful resources from across the sector for frontline organisations to be aware of in their response to the detention operation. These cover several key areas of operation and support, including;

  • General information about the detention operation as part of the Rwanda plan
  • Accessing legal advice for people at risk
  • Challenging reporting conditions
  • Information on detention and raids
  • Scotland-specific resources