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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2020

Kent: Chaotic privatised asylum process

photo Paul Mattsson

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Eric Segal, Kent Socialist Party

Local Folkestone residents and the South East Kent Trade Union Council rallied in solidarity with 400 asylum seekers housed at Napier old army barracks. The Home Office provides basic accommodation for destitute asylum seekers by placing the lucrative five-year contract out to tender.

The contracts are eagerly snatched up by private companies like Serco, Mears, and Clearsprings, who profit from misery. Clearsprings manages the assessment centre in the rundown Napier barracks.

In the absence of public sector services, asylum seekers are thrown into a chaotic privately run system of religious groups, churches, charities and community organisations who compete with each other for grants or lottery funding to provide well-meaning but often inadequate services.

The 200 people attending our rally were confronted by a handful of far-right protesters, protected by a mass police presence. Their slogan called on the government to house veterans before refugees.

But at a recent rally in Dover, the transport union RMT assistant general secretary, Steve Hedley, said: "The far right say we don't have enough houses to cope with asylum seekers; we say build more houses."

(See 'Dover: Solidarity with refugees - applause and cheers for socialist ideas to unite working class' at socialistparty.org.uk.)

And they didn't read the slogan on the trade union council banner at this protest: "Fight for decent homes, jobs and services."

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Newcastle lockdown: stress and breakdowns

Leicester lockdown: disillusionment and anger


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Millennials disillusioned with 'democracy'

Under the microscope


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Action on Covid transmission in schools now

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Optare workers strike over pay broken 'promise'

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