Category «Sheffield»

“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 …

Asylum Market: the film G4S don’t want you to see

“Asylum accommodation is a disgrace” was the conclusion of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report on privatised asylum housing on 30th January. The same day the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show was also due to hear evidence of a culture of intimidation in G4S asylum housing in Yorkshire. They had invited Violet, a leading asylum housing …

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 …

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 …

Grande Synthe and Calais: July eyewitness report and appeal for support

Grande Synthe and Calais, July 2016 As Caroline and I prepare for our latest trip, the news from Calais is pretty dire – few volunteers are at the warehouse and cold food distribution has had to be suspended because of a lack of funds, donations and people. Fortunately Sheffield Donations for Refugees have raised a tidy …

The Hostile Environment at Sheffield Home Office

  How does it feel for people to go into the Sheffield Home Office building knowing they might get detained and deported?   The first event we in the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) organised was in 2007: a 3 day, 30 mile march from Sheffield Home Office to Lindholme Immigration Removal …

Back to Calais, a 2-way aid trip

We had to leave a lot of stuff behind in Sheffield on our November trip to Calais, including 70 food parcels that were lovingly made up by the good people of Pitsmoor. Post-Christmas there have been appeals for more food donations for the camp and we know we have to get back over there. Finally, …

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 …

“The refugees simply command respect” – eyewitness report from Calais

  After reading about others making solidarity trips to the refugee camp in Calais, my friend and fellow Unite Community member Stuart and I decided to do our own visit, taking over a van load of donations and staying to volunteer for a few days. We had fantastic support from people, raising sponsorship from Unite …

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