Category «Campaigns»

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. During this time we have heard plenty of evidence of intimidation from G4S towards the people they are paid to …

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 the UK asylum system. SYMAAG Secretary and member of Broomhill Labour Party in Sheffield wrote this piece for the Branch’s …

“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 the nearest IRC to us, hidden in the Lincolnshire countryside. After reports of the deaths of two detainees at Morton …

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 2017 G4S asylum housing, Leicester (John Grayson)   For five years now I’ve exposed the dangerous consequences of the UK’s …

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) are given lots more taxpayers money to continue their disastrous asylum housing contracts for another two years to 2019.  John …

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 asylum seekers with respect or house them safely? Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S …

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 to appease and inflame racist stereotypes about people coming to the UK to create precedents for charging for basic services …

“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   I was talking to Paul, an asylum seeker from the Middle East in a G4S house in a working class …

“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 march – called by the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group – but it was supported by many organisations:  …

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