Mitie’s Care & Custody division has been awarded a 10-year immigration services contract with the Home Office.
Worth an estimated £525 million, the award (which is subject to contract) represents the largest ever deal for the business.
Due to commence in May 2018, the contract will see Mitie responsible for escorting immigration detainees, both within the UK and overseas, on removal flights to detainees’ home countries. It also includes the management of a number of fixed facilities throughout the UK, including airport holding rooms, reporting centres, and two short term holding facilities.
Mitie currently manages two immigration removal centres on behalf of the Home Office, Campsfield House and Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). Together these currently have the capacity to house over 1,200 detainees.
A technology development programme will be at the heart of Mitie’s partnership with the Home Office to “transform” the way that immigration escorting services are delivered, modernising working and operational practices to improve efficiency and de-risk removals.
Colin Dobell, Managing Director of Mitie’s Care & Custody business, said: “This is a game changing new contract for Mitie Care & Custody and reflects our proven expertise in delivering these services. Since the award of Campsfield House in 2010, we have worked closely with the Home Office to provide a safe and secure approach to immigration services. We are delighted to expand this partnership and look forward to implementing this new contract, with embedded new technology. We believe this will transform immigration escorting services for the Home Office, the people in our care, and also those that work for us.”