Discussion on Immigration and Asylum at Wadham College

I’m appearing with Theresa Hayter in a public discussion on ‘immigration and asylum in the UK’ hosted by Oxford Left Review tomorrow, in the Old Refectory at Wadham College, Oxford, at 7 pm.     Details below:

The Oxford Left Review presents Matt Carr and Theresa Hayter, speaking on immigration and asylum in the UK.

Immigration is an integral issue in modern life. Since the Coalition government was elected in 2008, increasingly stringent measures have been introduced to reduce immigration and target illegal immigrants in the UK. Last month, Theresa May revealed plans to bring in a new Immigration Bill which would make life harder for illegal immigrants. Controversial governmental vans saying ‘Go Home’ also made the news this summer. In Oxfordshire, the detention centre known as Campsfield is now open for its 20th year.

On the 22nd November, we will be hosting a discussion panel with Matt Carr, the author of ‘Fortress Europe’, and Theresa Hayter, a political writer and activist, as well as a speaker from the Close Campsfield campaign. There will be drinks and the floor will be opened to questions and debate.

Matthew Carr is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, The New York Times and on BBC Radio.

Teresa Hayter is a writer and activist on migration and anti-racism issues. She has been active in the Campaign to Close Campsfield since the immigration prison was opened, near Oxford, in 1993. She is one of the authors of the No One Is Illegal manifesto. Before that, she was active in anti-racist and other campaigns. She has written seven books, including Aid as Imperialism (Penguin, 1971), The Creation of World Poverty (Pluto, 1981) and Open Borders: The case Against Immigration Controls (Pluto, 2000, 2nd edition 2004). She is a graduate of Oxford University.

Some Reviews of Carr’s latest book:
‘The disappearance of internal border checks within most of the European Union, domestic political pressure to restrict immigration, and heightened concerns about security during the past decade have led the countries on Europe’s edges to seal their borders more tightly. Carr argues that this combination of internal liberalisation and external hardening has increased criminal, abusive, and often deadly human trafficking, while only modestly reducing immigration. The unique virtue of the book lies in Carr’s reporting from the brutal frontiers of the new Europe: Ukrainian border towns where illegal trafficking thrives, Spanish territories in Morocco where would-be immigrants are shot dead or left to die in the Sahara after attempting to scale razor-wire fences, Italian and Maltese islands where overfilled boatloads of Africans drown by the hundreds.’ –Foreign Affairs

‘Sets out graphic examples of what happens when national states stoke up the stake they have in the borders business.’ –Migrant Rights Network blog

The Oxford Left Review is a journal of left-wing opinion based within the University of Oxford. It brings together the latest left-wing thinking and writing; is a forum for academics, students and activists to share and develop left-wing thought; and enables Oxford to contribute to the (inter-)national debate. Its content spans the plural left. It invites contributions from students, academics and freelance writers, both inside and outside the University of Oxford. The OLR appears termly, in late November, March and June of each year.


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