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

    Bhatia, Monish and Canning, V. (2020) Misery as business: how immigration detention became a cash-cow in Britain’s borders. In: Albertson, K. and Corcoran, M. and Phillips, J. (eds.) Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice. Bristol, UK: Policy Press, pp. 262-277. ISBN 9781447345817.

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    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 benefit 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 bodies, 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 decry migrant labour in the UK, the same governments are more than willing to engage with multi-national corporations and thus become answerable to foreign capitalist interests elsewhere.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an extract/chapter. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Monish Bhatia
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 14:44
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:54


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