An inspection of Napier Barracks in Folkestone and Penally Camp in Wales found residents "depressed" and "hopeless".
A union representing federal employees said workers were “duty bound to protect vulnerable asylum seekers."
Immigrants could be asked to give out vital information in a language they do not understand.
The waiting makes life become meaningless - it is exhausting mentally and physically
The Queen's Speech Presents An Opportunity To Help Refugees - We Urge The Government To Grab It With Both Hands
Welcome news that the proposed legislation and policies for the next session of parliament as set out in Wednesday's Queen's Speech included a new Immigration Bill and a new Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill. These present real opportunities to improve the lives of refugees - and we so hope the government grabs them with both hands.
We should not have an immigration system that devalues the lives of those facing oppression such as Kelechi. We have an urgent responsibility, as one of the world's richest nations, to ensure that those fleeing oppression and discrimination wherever they come from, get the same right to a quality of life in the UK as any UK citizen.
We need to ensure the voices of refugees and people seeking asylum in Britain are heard. Refugee Action will be sharing with our supporters and with prospective MPs of all parties the experiences of the people we work with and how their lives can be improved. This is an important opportunity for parties to make clear commitments to refugees and people seeking sanctuary.
The refugees' stories I've told here are truly heart rending, but they also fill me with pride and with hope. This is who we are as a country. This is who we must remain. This is Britain at its best.