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Hostile environment: The myths about immigration

Guardian Live

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Theresa May’s notorious “hostile environment” policy of 2012 led directly to the Windrush scandal, and the unjustified detention and deportation of British subjects. But in a new book, Maya Goodfellow shows that the toxic debate around immigration stretches back much further, from Churchill, to Tony Blair to Brexit. Through interviews with leading policy-makers, asylum seekers, and immigration lawyers, Goodfellow shows how the immigration debate has distorted our politics and how policy can fuel racism.

Studies have confirmed that immigration does not damage the UK economy, or put a strain on public services, but there are concerns on both left and right that immigration is a bad thing. Have politicians and the media fuelled anti-immigrant politics? How do we challenge the myths that seek to scapegoat immigrants for home-grown problems? What are our political responsibilities towards migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? Our panel will include Maya Goodfellow, and will be chaired by Guardian columnist Owen Jones. Further speakers to be announced.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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