Private security firms are bidding to guard EU-funded migrant detention centres in Greece amid a report by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which says poor conditions in some of the facilities are causing disease.
Michael Flynn, who runs the Global Detention Project at the Swiss-based Graduate Institute of International Studies, says outsourcing detention facilities to private security companies is a growing phenomenon.
“There should always be a concern when a state invites a for-profit contractor into the management structure of something like immigration-related detention,” he said.
Introducing private contractors shifts the policy focus away from the well-being of migrants to the bottom line of a company, he said.
“This is inevitable, this is just the nature of business,” he said.
The well-being of those detainees, according to the MSF report, is already being neglected despite the around €35 million Greece received last year from the EU’s return fund.