Haslar Immigration Removal Centre

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IRC Haslar
LocationHaslar, Hampshire
Security classImmigration Removal Centre
Openedbefore 1989
Managed byHM Prison Services
GovernorMr Paul Wiltshire
WebsiteHaslar Immigration Removal Centre (archived)

Haslar Immigration Removal Centre (formerly known as Haslar Prison) was an immigration detention centre, located in Haslar (near Gosport), Hampshire, England. The centre was operated by Her Majesty's Prison Service. The centre closed in 2016 with the Ministry of Justice planning to retain the site for use as a prison.[citation needed]


The establishment was previously known as HM Detention Centre Haslar (from 1962-1989) housing young male offenders. However, from 1989 Haslar started exclusively holding foreign national prisoners.

In February 2002 Haslar was redesignated as a Removal Centre, and began operating under Detention Centre rules. Haslar held those detained by UK Visas and Immigration during documentation procedures and during the process of removal or deportation. Only detainees awaiting deportation or appealing against their immigration status were held at Haslar. The vast majority of the population were ex-foreign national prisoners who had either completed their sentence, or had their sentence "cut short" to speed up the deportation process.[citation needed]

The detention centre closed in June 2015, and all remaining detainees were moved elsewhere.[1] On 3 November 2016, the Ministry of Justice announced that the Centre would not be reopening.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Concern for jobs as Gosport immigration centre to turn into prison". The News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2019.

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Coordinates: 50°46′54″N 1°07′42″W / 50.7816°N 1.1283°W / 50.7816; -1.1283