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Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats with Maya Goodfellow

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Queen Mary University of London

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Maya Goodfellow, author of 'Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats' In Conversation with the Mile End Institute

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While refugees drowned in the Mediterranean, the UK Government proudly proclaimed that its aim was to create a ‘hostile environment’ for undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, the UK voted to leave the EU against a backdrop of claims that ‘swarms’ of migrants were entering the country.

Despite the outcry over the Windrush scandal and study after study confirming that immigration is not damaging the UK’s economy or putting a strain on public services, it continues to be blamed for many of the UK’s ills. How did we get here?

'Hostile Environment', offers a compelling answer and illuminates the dark underbelly of contemporary immigration policies. Talking to politicians, immigration lawyers, and immigrants themselves, Maya Goodfellow examines the evolution and impact of the UK’s draconian immigration policies over the last fifty years.

In this event Maya will be discussing 'Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats' in conversation with Tim Bale, Co-Director of the Mile End Institute.

Maya Goodfellow is a writer, academic and broadcast commentator. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman, among others, on a range of issues including UK politics, gender, race and migration. She has a PhD in race and racism from SOAS, University of London, and she is the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats.

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