Asylum ProfiteersThe asylum system is one of the most contentious areas of UK politics, as evidenced by the numerous pieces of legislation on asylum and immigration passed in recent years. It is also one of the most privatised 'public services'. For instance, all asylum accommodation in the country is managed by three multinational security companies (G4S, Serco and Reliance)contracted by the Home Office, and seven of the UK's 10 immigration detention centres are run by a handful of global corporations, including these security companies.
There is mounting evidence that systematic negligence and poor services are offered by these contractors. However, this is routinely overlooked by the immigration authorities and the media alike. One of society's most disadvantaged and most marginalised groups, and the problems they encounter daily, are easily ignored or discounted. Without access to resources, they are often unable to voice their grievances and concerns. The result is that a few big companies are able to make vast profits, while compounding the misery of an already vulnerable group of people. This Corporate Watch research project investigates the private companies involved in four main aspects of the UK asylum system: housing, detention, deportation and the legal process. It aims to expose the systematic failures and abuses that occur, and the policies and practices that enable them to continue.
Related publicationsImmigration Prisons: Brutal, Unlawful and Profitable - Yarl's Wood: A Case Study (March 2011) A 20-page briefing looking at various aspects of the UK immigration prisons system, using Yarl's Wood as a case study. You can download a pdf version of the briefing by clicking on this link (free), or you can buy a hard copy from the Corporate Watch online shop (£2).
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