The government is paying more than £4m each year in compensation to people who were held unlawfully in immigration detention centres, figures show.

The centres hold people the government is trying to deport, including failed asylum seekers and foreign prisoners.

A BBC Freedom of Information request found the government paid £4m in 2014-15, and between £4-5m in each of the previous three years, totalling £18m.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.