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Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice$
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Kevin Albertson, Mary Corcoran, and Jake Phillips

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345701

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345701.001.0001

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Misery as business: how immigration detention became a cash cow in Britain’s borders

Misery as business: how immigration detention became a cash cow in Britain’s borders

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Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice

Monish Bhatia

Victoria Canning

Policy Press

In this chapter, we wish to advance the knowledge of the workings of Britain’s hostile border regime by unpacking the financial dynamics involved. To do so, we will primarily focus on one aspect: the privatisation and expansion of Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). We argue that, not only these spaces by their very nature coercive and violent, but they also profit financially from migrant misery as a business model. Therefore, the attention on outsourcing of migration control helps us understand the profits attached to the forced confinement of racialised and criminalised people, profits that are generated through human suffering, while simultaneously diminishing accountability and unmediated (often hidden) state-corporate violence. Moreover, once we scratch the surface of bordered profiteering we find that a double standard exists: whilst successive governments publicly decry foreign migrant labour in the UK, the same governments are more than willing to engage with multi-national corporations and thus policy become answerable to the interests of foreign capital.

Keywords:   Immigration Detention, Migration, Borders, Privatisation, State-Corporate Violence, Multi-National Corporations

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