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Serco manages seven Immigration Detention Centres
Serco is committed to engaging with and providing support to detainees at our Immigration Detention Centres


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Immigration Control

Serco works closely with the Home Office's UK Visas and Immigration to help the Government manage migration successfully and currently operate one Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in the UK; Yarl's Wood IRC.

In June 2009, Serco signed a contract with the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to transform its Immigration Removal Centres across the country.

Under the contract, Serco manages 7 Immigration Removal Centres where we provide a greater focus on the dignity, respect and well-being of people in our care. 5 Immigration Detention Centres are located at Villawood, New South Wales; Maribyrnong, Victoria; Darwin, Northern Territory; Perth, Western Australia; and Christmas Island. Serco will also provide services at two alternative places of detention on Christmas Island.

In December 2009, Serco signed a second contract with the Australian Government to manage its Immigration Residential Housing and Immigration Transit Accommodation centres across Australia.

Yarl's Wood Investigation

Following the announcement of the independent investigation by Kate Lampard on Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre on 2 March 2015, we can now share the Terms of Reference that the investigation is considering.


Terms of Reference

Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), Bedfordshire, is the main IRC for women and families. It opened in 2001, with Serco operating the contract since April 2007.

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Last Updated: 21 May 2015