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Last year, over 27,000 people were held indefinitely in what one former detainee likened to 'filing cabinets for human beings;' from which security giants like Serco and G4S are turning a tax-payer funded profit. This is despite the fact that it 'has consistently been found,' that it is 'significantly cheaper,' to maintain an asylum seeker in the community than to spend £37,230 detaining them for a year in what is essentially a large scale privatised prison.'
The University of Oxford's Migration Observatory reports that the most common group to be held in immigration detention are people who have sought asylum in the U.K at some point. The system is a labyrinth. Failure to fill out a 65 page form in a second language should not result in vulnerable people having an average of a year and a half of their lives taken away from them.
The majority are subsequently released back into the community making the Home Office's actions not only costly and inhumane, but pointless.
To read Helen Byrne's full article, click here.

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