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15 February 2024
Two weights, many measures: humanitarian protections à la carte
In recent years, the UK government has been offering new and ‘safe and legal routes’ to some populations fleeing from conflicts. What does this ad hoc approach tell us about who is welcome and who is not welcome in the UK? Plus: And what if these routes are not so safe after all?
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17 January 2024
Knock, knock, knocking on Fortress Britain’s doors
What's Brexit got to do with irregular Channel crossings, the Rwanda Plan and the UK's humanitarian visas for Hong Kongers and Ukrainians?
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13 September 2023
The normalization of state violence against migrants and refugees: comment piece in El Pais
State violence against migrants and refugees has become normalised in Europe, Nando Sigona writes in a comment piece for Spanish newspaper El Pais
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11 August 2023
What's new about the UK's post-Brexit migration plan?
The UK Government claim that their post-Brexit migration regime is 'fair and generous'. But maybe the question we should be asking is whether it is just? That's what we've got in store in the latest episode of Who do we think we are? as we discuss a new plan for migration
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31 March 2023
Why some migrants are deemed more deserving than others in Global Britain
Foreign policy determines why migrants from Hong Kong got a better deal than Syrians or Ukrainians.
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12 January 2023
Who is breaking the UK asylum system?
Rishi Sunak's five point plan on immigration is a mix of not-so-new ideas, wishful thinking and legally dubious interventions, writes Nando Sigona in this piece for Transforming Society
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15 November 2022
The UK's Refugee 'Invasion' is a Brexit-made Policy Failure
According to the Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s recent statement in the House of Commons, the UK is facing ‘an invasion’. But, Nando Sigona and Michaela Benson write in this piece for The Political Quarterly, Braverman’s invading army is not made of soldiers but a few thousand people who have reached the British shores irregularly, crossing the Channel by small boat in the absence of alternative safe and legal routes.
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4 December 2021
Debunking key myths about Britain's 'broken asylum system'
Since the tragedy in the English Channel, the government narrative on irregular crossings has shifted from the bombastic “stop migrants to defend our border” to the more humanitarian-inflected “stop migrants (in France) to protect them from drowning”, Nando Sigona and Michaela Benson explain in this article published in The Conversation
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11 June 2021
Asylum under threat: Conversation on the New Plan for Immigration
Launched in March 2021, the UK government's New Plan for Immigration is quickly moving towards parliament, after a short and contested period of consultation, 'worth no more than the paper on which it was printed', according to Zoe Gardner, policy advisor with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
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