Category «G4S»

Welcome to my asylum home. I’d offer you a seat — if I had one

No chairs or table. Dangerous gas appliances. A blood-stained mattress. Rats. Squalor. Asylum housing today Local authorities, charities and asylum tenants from all over the UK have given evidence that indicates the failure of the COMPASS asylum housing contract John Grayson looks at G4S asylum housing in Sheffield ahead of Home Office negotiations to give …

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 Business of Migration

For corporations like G4S, Serco, Capita and Mitie the suffering of refugees is part of their “asylum markets”. The biggest ever single Home Office contract – the disastrous COMPASS asylum housing contract –  is up for renewal next year. On the eve of an inquiry into its many failings, John Grayson looks at how global …

“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 …

Making a Killing Out of a Catastrophe

The current refugee crisis is a mouthwatering business opportunity for security, arms, surveillance and border technology corporations. The “immigration industry” is booming. The walls of Fortress Europe – invisible or spiked with razor wire – do not build themselves. Hein de Haas, for example, has written perceptively on “The Real Migration Industry”. A new book …

Pressure grows for review of Serco, G4S Asylum Housing

We want Sheffield Council to join Glasgow Council’s call for a review of the privatised COMPASS asylum housing contact. We’ll be handing in a petition – see below – to this effect at the next Sheffield City Council meeting on Wednesday 2nd September. Join us then at 1.45pm at Sheffield Town Hall to back our call.   On …

Toddlers, rats, asbestos. G4S, asylum seekers’ landlord

SYMAAG’s John Grayson asks why would the UK government let its commercial contractor get away with housing vulnerable asylum seekers in dangerous slums?   Toddlers, rats, asbestos. G4S, asylum seekers’ landlord JOHN GRAYSON 17 June 2015 Inside Jane’s flat I went to see Jane in her upstairs flat in Sheffield. She was anxious and panicky. …

Who killed Jimmy Mubenga?

In 2013 an inquest found that Jimmy Mubenga was “unlawfully killed” while being “escorted” by G4S guards on a forced deportation flight to Angola in October 2010. On December 16th 2014 these G4S guards were found not guilty of manslaughter.   Protesting outside Westminster Court during the trial “I am going to start a campaign to …

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