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Security firms confirmed as new asylum seeker housing providers

Categories: Articles:Asylum & Refugees | Published: 28/03/2012 | Views: 932
Three private security firms, G4S, Reliance and Serco, have been confirmed as the new landlords for people seeking asylum in the UK, in a controversial £620m contract with the UK Border Agency. You can read details at the UKBA website here The move takes housing provision away from the current mix of local authority, charity and private sector landlords, handing it over to three firms better known for running detention centres and enforcing deportations.  

Here is a brief overview of the company awarded the Scottish contract: Serco has been referred to as the biggest company you've never heard of, and the company running Britain. It's the world's leading outsourcing company with a vast and diverse portfolio of government contracts . In the UK, Serco is best known for running the Yarl's Wood detention centre, where thousands of migrant families and children have been imprisoned. In Australia, Serco runs several detention centres.
Last week a training manual for guards was leaked to the press, containing disturbing details of control and restraint techniques.
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