A £150,000 pilot project aimed at ending the detention of children at Dungavel is to be launched.

Failed asylum seekers awaiting deportation will be housed in former council flats in Glasgow before being sent back to their own countries.

The scheme is designed to end youngsters' incarceration at the Lanarkshire centre.

The pilot follows talks between Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy and the UK Borders and Immigration Agency.

Families living in the flats will have access to basic amenities including a washing machine, fridge and furniture until they are repatriated.

Dungavel has been a constant target of criticism from politicians, pro-asylum activists and church leaders since it opened in 2001.

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