Migrants and Citizens

The UK migration debate: Lessons from America

(first published via Open Democracy) Liberal Britain comforts itself with the idea that, however bad things may get, it’s worse in America. The death penalty; gun control; worker’s rights; healthcare; abortion – how easy to smugly list the… Read More

A National Health Service? The Migrant Levy – and Why Citizens Should Care

Should foreigners pay to use the NHS? At first glance, it’s not so unreasonable. After all, as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt points out, it’s a National Health Service. And as the Department of Health’s consultation paper, released today,… 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

Bureaucratic borders and inequality: reflections from a paperwork day

Sometimes – unlikely as it may seem – real life and my research collide. Take me to an immigration checkpoint, ask me for my passport and I’ll immediately become a cross between an investigative journalist and a philosopher,… Read More

London Metropolitan: when everybody loses

‘I don’t like it when someone talks bad about my country, but I try to remain calm because I know, I’m just coming here because of my studies, I’m not coming here to be a citizen. So when… Read More

Protection vs protectionism: debating Australia’s migration policies

In the past week, the Australian government has announced new plans to resume “offshore processing” of asylum-seekers who arrive by sea. This blog is a response to this article written by Amanda Vanstone, who was once Australian Minister… Read More

Olympic bandwagons: When your critics start agreeing with you…

Summertime in London. Sun. Smiles. And so – what the hell, everyone else is doing it – I’m going to jump on the Olympic bandwagon. Because, in an unexpected turn of events, immigration – multiculturalism – is suddenly… Read More

For richer, for poorer

If the UK’s coalition government has a single theme it likes to spin its policies around, it’s solidarity. And like the forgotten language of the ‘big society’ and the faux-austerity practices of Cabinet millionaires, the UK Government’s relentless… Read More

When ethics get personal: visas in the classroom

As an academic, I often write about the ethics of migration policy. But this week, the UK’s migration policy has presented me with an unexpectedly personal ethical dilemma. I have discovered that I am expected to report all… Read More

Migrants: foreign foes or equal citizens?

‘370,000 Migrants on the dole’ shouts the normally restrained Daily Telegraph’s front page today. A claim that – as the Today programme pointed out – stands up to little scrutiny.  These are ‘migrants’ that in many cases are… Read More

You don’t beat them by joining them

Another anti-immigration speech by a Tory politician. Not much to celebrate in that: plenty to critique. David Cameron’s speech yesterday spun half-truths and persuasive populism together to cover the evident gaps in the Tory’s immigration politics. His words… Read More