Fiji’s first detention centre
From FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
Fri 11 Jul 2014
SUVA, Fiji —– The Department of Immigration is working towards purchasing land to build Fiji’s first ever detention centre in Nadi.
The Department’s assistant director Edward Brown said they have earmarked a piece of land in Nadi and are currently finalising details including the lease agreements.
Brown said the initial plan was to have it at the airport but they feel that security should not be compromised thus the reason for the delay.
He said people entering Fiji illegally or violating anti-immigration laws are usually detained at hotels while being processed. He said the high costs of this process should be mitigated through the establishment of a permanent detention centre.
The Government has given the immigration department $450, 000 (approx. US$245, 000) for the construction of the region’s first centre and Brown said the project will speed up once the land is secured.