The UK government has created a new profit source for security giant G4S and its partners: managing housing for asylum seekers. JOHN GRAYSON reports on a reckless experiment whose result is human misery.
On the evening of Tuesday 30 October a new asylum seeker sent from London, 250 miles north to a property in Thornaby, Stockton, found himself, along with four other asylum seekers, besieged by a crowd shouting racist abuse. They broke down the door and broke windows. This is the welcoming world of ‘dispersal’ for asylum seekers in the north east.