United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
Geneva, 25-27 November 2019
On 27 November, the GDP’s Michael Flynn will join a panel organised by the Working Group on the use of mercenaries to discuss the use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in immigration detention, as part of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights.
In recent years, the privatisation of migrant detention centres has developed in a number of countries in various forms and degrees. States are increasingly delegating various tasks to private security companies. These tasks range from security management to overall management of the detention centres, including escorting deported migrants. In some countries, the majority of migration detention centres are not just run by private security companies, but also accompanied by other multinational and domestic private contractors in various services such as health, food, and administration. The profit generated by the privatisation of migrant detention centres points to a growing phenomena.