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Europe and the politics of migration

Europe and the politics of migration

During the European Parliament campaign, the economic, financial, social and identity crisis, in addition to the rise of populism, provided a backdrop for migration to come to the fore. This,…

‘Officers 1 Immigrants 0’: The mob mentality of the Immigration Bill

‘Officers 1 Immigrants 0’: The mob mentality of the Immigration Bill

I want to persuade you that our first task when faced with a social evil like the Immigration Bill is not just to condemn but to understand it.  I say…

Your right to be here: Asylum seekers, health tourism & human rights

Your right to be here: Asylum seekers, health tourism & human rights

On Wednesday David Cameron, in his speech to the rapidly disappearing Tory faithful, declared that the Immigration Bill coming before Parliament: ‘will make sure some simple and fair things, that…

‘You are undeserving. British justice has no place for you’

‘You are undeserving. British justice has no place for you’

APPALLING VISTAS: This month’s Queen’s Speech presents the most appalling of vistas. The easy targets are legal aid and the rights of the unpopular, but the constitutional implications are dramatic.…

Asylum and the race to the bottom

Asylum and the race to the bottom

As the dust settles in the wake of the Eastleigh by-election, the mainstream political parties, panicked by the apparent ascent of UKIP, have been engaged in a race to the…

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