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Asylum Profiteers

The asylum system is one of the most contentious areas of British politics, as shown 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, the Home Office outsources all asylum accommodation in the country to three multinational security companies (G4S, Serco and Reliance), and seven of the UK's 10 immigration detention centres are run by a handful of global corporations.

There is mounting evidence that these contractors are systematically negligent and provide poor services. However, this is routinely overlooked by the immigration authorities and the media alike. One of society's most disadvantaged and 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 publications

Collective Expulsion: The Case Against Britain's Mass Deportation Charter Flights (November 2013)

A 48-page in-depth briefing on Britain's mass deportation charter flight programme from 2001-2013, covering all aspects from the legal process to private contractors.

You can download a pdf version of the briefing by clicking on (free), or you can buy a hard copy from the (£3).











Yarl's Wood briefingImmigration 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 (free), or you can buy a hard copy from the (£2).






Related news articles

Deportation



November 27, 2013



July 23, 2013



April 25, 2013



April 25, 2013



February 17, 2013



January 25, 2013



May 21, 2012



Magazine #49, Summer 2011



24 March, 2011



10 February, 2011



10 November 2010



21 October 2010



25 June 2010



9 June 2010



9 April, 2010



2 November 2009



27 February 2009



30 October 2008

Detention



19 October, 2013



30 September, 2013



23 August, 2013



January 25, 2013



16 August, 2012



May 21, 2012



26 September, 2011



12 August, 2011



15 July, 2011



26 September, 2011



6 April, 2011



10 February, 2011



5 May, 2010



25 February, 2010



2 December 2009



16 October 2009



29 January 2009



18 December 2008



23 September 2008

Asylum housing



20 August, 2012



4 July 2012



May 21, 2012



17 February 2012



22 December, 2011



June 18, 2009

Other



13 October 2008