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Behave or get deported, says G4S

Behave or get deported, says G4S

Not just squalor but intimidation in G4S asylum housing. Alongside asylum tenants we have documented conditions in asylum housing since the contract was handed to G4S, Serco and Clearsprings by the Home Office in 2012.…
A Matter of Pride

A Matter of Pride

Sheffield people rallied around Pride Mbi Agbor when he was detained and threatened with deportation to Cameroon in March. For many people, including local Labour Party members it was an education in the cruelty of…
“Tell people what’s happening in here” at Morton Hall migrant prison

“Tell people what’s happening in here” at Morton Hall migrant prison

10 years ago SYMAAG organised a 3 day/30 mile march from Sheffield to Lindholme Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) near Doncaster to protest against detaining refugees indefinitely. Lindholme has since been closed. Morton Hall is now…
Fail, fail and have another contract

Fail, fail and have another contract

Security contractors G4S and Serco and housing company Clearsprings have for years supplied UK asylum seekers with shoddy housing. The contracts carry on regardless. Fail, fail, and have another government contract John Grayson 16 February…
Merry Christmas from G4S, you’re evicted

Merry Christmas from G4S, you’re evicted

After constant failures and abuse of asylum housing tenants over nearly five years, and serious jail riots at a G4S managed Birmingham prison it is still business as usual as G4S (and Serco, and Clearsprings)…
Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S

Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S

“They simply want to make profits out of us, they show us no respect.” Why are we still handing public money to G4S, Serco and Clearsprings despite all the evidence of their failure to treat…
Marked out for attack with Red Doors and Wristbands: living in the “asylum market”

Marked out for attack with Red Doors and Wristbands: living in the “asylum market”

Twice in one week the abuse experienced by people seeking asylum from private contractors has made the headlines. On January 20th The Times front page described “asylum apartheid” with the doors of asylum tenants in…
The Immigration Bill: “turning people against people”

The Immigration Bill: “turning people against people”

Over 70 people came to our January public meeting on the latest Immigration Bill. There was consensus that the real aims of the Bill were   to create a hostile environment for people seeking asylum…
“That place should be investigated” – Asylum tenants hit back at G4S

“That place should be investigated” – Asylum tenants hit back at G4S

Neglect, contempt and hostility — how the UK government and G4S really “welcome refugees” by John Grayson Matthew’s accommodation (John Grayson) This article was first published by Open Democracy on November 26th 2015 https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/shinealight/john-grayson/neglect-contempt-and-hostility-how-uk-government-really-welcomes-refugee  …
“Break fences, build bridges” Sheffield welcomes refugees

“Break fences, build bridges” Sheffield welcomes refugees

“Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here” was the call from 250 people on a march and rally in Sheffield on October 10th. Not only was there a good turnout for the…