Migrants and Citizens
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The Reluctant Housewives of Silicon Valley

Here’s an article I wrote for the Guardian on Tech Wives, and immigration law. So often when working on issues related to refugees or poor migrants, I end up reflecting on how lightly I carry my rights —… Read More


Green Cards

Our Green Cards arrived today. Shiny plastic; biometric bureaucratic confirmation that we can stay in San Francisco indefinitely. Do they matter? I’ve been trained to be skeptical of official labels and categories: legal status does a poor job… Read More


On Integration: Kale, Yoga and San Francisco

In my professional life, I spend a lot of time thinking about “integration”, partly because discussions about integration are an inevitable partner of debates about immigration. And on the one hand, these conversations are easier part of the… Read More

From Far Away

One of the reasons why I’ve struggled to write in the past few months is that this has been a year of transitions. A transatlantic, transcontinental move form London to San Francisco, and a career shift from full-time… Read More

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Adventures in America. No. 1: in which I am not deported

Long before I saw America, I recognised America. America’s skylines, suburbs and cities were known quantities, reflected in a thousand Hollywood movies and syndicated sitcoms. This familiarity is disconcerting: it encourages a false sense of security. Arriving in… Read More


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

Through the looking glass: California, Thatcher and the promise of things to come

I’ve recently moved (temporarily) to California.  Six months in Palo Alto, at the heart of Silicon Valley, where the geeks have already inherited the earth (and drive the fast cars to prove it).  California living has already coined… Read More

It’s the rich wot get the visa, it’s the poor wot get the blame…

What price citizenship? Last Thursday,Damien Green put a figure on it: £31,000 per year for five years. This salary floor should – apparently – ensure that only the ‘brightest and the best’ are able are able to settle… Read More