The UK Home Office is set to outsource it’s deportation services. Reports have emerged that the Home Office wants to offer contracts to private companies who will aim to help returnees reintegrate in their home countries. UNN’s Oliver Down understands that these contracts will be worth up to £28 million.
The government look set to ramp up its deportation regime and in order to do this, the Home Office is looking to secure transport, housing, medical and legal services from the private companies. The “early notification” page on the government website yesterday stated that £28 million has been set aside “to provide reintegration services for people returning from the U.K. to their countries of origin”. This would fund these services from April 2021 to April 2024.
This “early notification”, is likely to come ahead of a formal request for contractor bids, and a tendering process. The schemes that are being touted include airport pickups on arrival, onward travel assistance, medical support, cash as well as “reintegration counselling” once back in their home nations.
A Home Office spokesperson has said: “The U.K. already provides support for some people returning, including on a voluntary basis. We are exploring a number of options for how we provide such assistance in the future. These options will help those returning to re-establish their lives in their countries of origin, with the ultimate aim of helping to prevent illegal migration to the U.K”.
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