Category: Migration

Free movement: Has policy making and the media lead to racialization in the UK?

Free movement: Has policy making and the media lead to racialization in the UK?

Racialization does not require discrimination on grounds of biological differences, as most of the migrants who came after 2004 were white, the discrimination they faced was based on differences in cultural practices. Race is not a biological construct but a social one that can have catastrophic effects. Race is not a trait of migrants but rather it comes part and parcel with the marginalisation and exclusion they experience.

Us and “them?” — A racism against the familiar:

Us and “them?” — A racism against the familiar:

The history of Migration to Britain has proven that there is a trend of opposition to new arrivals in this country. But what happens when these new arrivals are not so clearly “the other”? What about the arrival of immigrants from nations that identify as white, are these groups free to live unaffected by forms of racism? What does this mean for our definition of racism previously outlined?

New migration, same agenda

New migration, same agenda

A recent scandal outlined in the Guardian reported that former Commonwealth citizens are being threatened with deportation under a new hardline approach to British immigration policy. In this article, immigrants who have lived in the UK since the 1960s describe how they came to discover they were never naturalised and therefore would be treated as illegal immigrants by the home office. In one particular instance, a Paulette Wilson was sent to the infamous Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre. These stories only shed light on the latest chapter in a broader trend dating as far back as the influx of commonwealth migrants, originally encouraged to come to Britain as cheap labour. It seems to me that the Brexit and post-Brexit spike in anti-immigrant feeling is nothing new, despite the target somewhat shifting towards Middle Eastern refugees and Eastern European economic migrants, but is instead a natural progression of a culture of scapegoating, alienation and racism that has indiscriminately affected migrants of all colours and creeds thanks to government policy and media manipulation. I have done some research into the underlying policies and media tactics through which immigrants have been marginalised in order to understand how such draconian and outdated attitudes towards migrants have been able to flourish.

How would ‘free borders’ encourage equality and promote an acceleration in economic growth?

How would ‘free borders’ encourage equality and promote an acceleration in economic growth?

Across our world, borders are controlling the imports and exports of a country’s goods. The question we ask is whether the sentient human should be considered as an export, is this humanly just? Border control has never been as strict as it is today; factors such as the ‘Brexit’ vote, the fear of terrorism and the significant increase in the world’s population over the last century have all triggered this sudden urge to be more controlling of what comes in and out of our country, referring to the flow of people. Should a world that is considered ‘free’ be this controlled? Can a person considered free if they are unable to go where they please?