During the month of June 2010, an innovative group of protestors presented the Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency (CWT) with the “Deportation Profiteer of the Year” award. In the month preceding the campaign, the CWT won a contract with the UK Border Agency to sign on as the official transporter of migrants on the deportation list.
The CWT reaps major benefits from the business deal, as the contract was worth about £23million in 2004-2005. In order to raise awareness about this operation, the Stop Deportation Network took on-site action. A clever and proactive group, the Network created an official looking document for the CWT that states: “for its outstanding achievement in arranging the forcible deportation of migrants.”
They also handed out leaflets to all employees working in the office that day. The protest, part of a European Week of Action Against the Deportation Machine, was eventually broken up by the police. However, by this time, the group had already accomplished their goal.
The Stop Deportation Network is a collective of groups and individuals that largely focuses on mass deportations in the UK and Europe. Their website contains a myriad of informative posts, from recent news to an article exposing the reality behind mass deportations and videos including a short film on the European External Action Service.
In addition to these features, the Stop Deportation Network’s website covers a number of protests in the London area, including the gathering against Iraqi deportations outside the Home Office and Parliament Square.
The Network also plays a major part in organising events for members of the community. They hold picnics with discussions and games, information days, fundraisers and monthly “Dinners Against Deportation,” where members meet to discuss updates on the campaign. All are welcome to join.