Migrants and Citizens
Young Immigrant in Bandanna, Roquetas de Mar, Spain, 2004

African Migration

  This Post Originally Appeared on the Africa at LSE Blog The story of Africa is a story of migration. From the earliest movement of humankind out of the Rift Valley, through the great trading caravans of the… Read More

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You can stay, but you have to go…

All gifts come with strings attached: but some have more strings attached than others. In 2008, Tanzania announced it was prepared to offer naturalisation to 162,000 Burundian refugees. Known as the “1972” caseload (to distinguish them from the… Read More

The Citizenship Market

(First published at Democracy in Africa) Citizenship is an artifice. It’s a delicate political construction aiming to weave private freedom and public governance into social cohesion. At its most lofty, we can talk about citizenship as the foundation… Read More

On Outsourcing

The idea that Britain is “overcrowded” is an oft-repeated mantra for those who want to see massive reductions in the numbers of immigrants arriving in the UK.  Now, Julian Brazier – the MP for my home town, Canterbury… Read More

A tale of two Eastleighs…

The people of Eastleigh go to the polls today, to cast their verdict on coalition government and disgraced politicians. Watching with the rest of the political chorus, it looks like an ill-tempered campaign to fit with the bitter… Read More

Wot I did in my Summer holidays

I spent most of my Summer in Uganda, which explains the recent silence on this blog. I’ve been trying to understand how those on the margins of a developing society – especially refugees and migrants – negotiate their… Read More

Homeward bound?

This — on my favourite theme of refugee migration — is shortly to appear on LSE’s Africa blog: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/   There is a poster in my office at LSE.  A shot of subway graffiti reading “Refugee go home”. The… Read More

State-making in Somalia

I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks now:  it appeared earlier on the [email protected] blog: Last week’s London Somalia summit began with bold proclamations. It ended in a whisper.  The anticlimactic end was not altogether… Read More

Kenya, Jubaland and Somalia’s refugees: no quick fixes

In recent days, Kenya has launched a military incursion into Somalia, to push back the Al-Shabbab militants responsible for the recent murder and abduction of Western tourists and aid-workers from Kenyan territory. Framed as a necessary security response… Read More

You can stay, but you have to go…

All gifts come with strings attached: but some have more strings attached than others. In 2008, Tanzania announced it was prepared to offer naturalization to 162,000 Burundian refugees. Known as the “1972” caseload (to distinguish them from the… Read More

Africans, Arabs and Asylum (or the Daily Mail, part 2)

The second Daily Mail story is more shameful. It underlines the nasty xenophobia that pervades UK attitudes to migration and asylum. A Senegalese football team is missing in France: the Mail reports that ‘It is possible that the… Read More

Sudan, Secession and Dual Citizenship

This week, Southern Sudanese voters have cast their ballots in the long-awaited referendum which will confirm the independence of South Sudan.  So far, the process has been greeted with cautious optimism.  Despite widespread pessimism just a few months… Read More