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Deportation centre to open in two weeks
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Deportation centre to open in two weeks

14.03.2012 From our online archive
A controversial detention centre to house failed asylum seekers before they are repatriated to their country of origin is to open almost a year ahead of target.

(JB) A controversial detention centre to house failed asylum seekers before they are repatriated to their country of origin is to open almost a year ahead of target.

The centre at Luxembourg's Findel airport will be fully operational on July 18, according to immigration minister Nicolas Schmit.

The building, which will house up to 88 people, was due to be completed in Spring 2012, bringing it well ahead of the original deadline.

The news came as the minister fielded off criticism from other deputies regarding the alleged inadequacies of the facilities. Last month, a tour of the premises by deputies and other dignitaries, resulted in a litany of criticism regarding the size of cells, the lack of privacy and, according to deputy Marc Angel, it “scary” furnishings.

Mr Schmit said that some improvements to the facility were expected to be made in the coming days however, he said the size of cells would not be increased.