Joint Public Issues Team
Destitution Discrimination Distrust - The Web of the Hostile Environment

This report describes in detail the effects of the 'hostile environment', which is a web of government policies designed to make life so difficult for people who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK that they will choose to leave.

It argues that the web goes far beyond the Windrush generation, who were British citizens, but were unable to provide the required documentary evidence. Many lost their jobs and their home as a esult, and some were even detained or deported. Indeed, it uses the threat of destitution as a policy tool to encourage people to leave the country.

Ultimately the hostile environment prevents access to all kinds of services, and leads to widespread discrimination, distrust and destitution, and should have no part of an open and democratic society.