Author Archives: Amy Clarke

Journeying into the Hidden World of Migrants with Filmmaker Dagmawi Yimer

I didn’t want to make a scoop; I wanted to show the emotions, the fears, the attempts at getting free from the past of those who, from one day to the next, find themselves victims only because of the colour of their skin. The film allows the migrant to shed his anonymity and the public […]

What about the individual? Arguing for a more human approach to migration reporting

This week the UK government committed £12 million to a joint intervention fund intended to support France in policing the UK border at Calais. As the closest port to the UK, Calais has been a transit point for migrants hoping to get to the UK from the Middle East, Asia and Africa for much of […]

Why we need to be careful talking about a ‘native’ population

With the rise of UKIP and other nativist parties across Europe, we, as academics and journalists, need to keep a close critical eye on how we use categories ─ particularly when those categories regulate who is and is not being excluded from our communities. The use of language in British debates about immigration and its […]

Making Sense of the Madness: Moving on from ‘The Big British Immigration Row’

Every now and then I need to be reminded that what I’m doing matters. Channel 5’s Big British Immigration Row last week definitely did the job: an inflammatory and frankly bizarre two hours of ‘discussion’ which once again proved that the immigration debate in the UK is dangerously wrapped up with matters of ‘race’, religion […]

The Stranger

This month NatCen reported that 77% of the British public “want to see a reduction in immigration” and more than half want immigration reduced “a lot”. The situation is more complex than these figures suggest, but immigration is clearly still an important issue to the British public as we enter 2014. The problem is not […]

Diversity versus solidarity: an introduction to the debate

It often feels that not a day goes by without migration appearing in the news, or being the topic of debate on television or radio. For those of us fascinated by these debates it can be exhausting, especially when the same questions come up time and time again. One such dilemma is the supposed dichotomy […]

Reaching Terraferma: Boat Migration to Southern Italy

Terraferma literally means “firm ground” and can be used to mean “dry land” or “mainland” in Italian.  Last week more than 230 migrants from Eritrea and Somalia died when their boat sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The tragic incident provoked an out-pouring of blogs, articles and tweets across the world […]

Race and racism in the ‘colour-blind’ West

…I’ve always been sensitive to race. I don’t support racism or racists. I’ve never considered myself racist and don’t think others would consider me a racist. How could I be one now? I never enslaved any one, prevented them from working or voting or living in my neighbourhood or joining my clubs. I don’t think there […]

“Non ci sono italiani neri!” The struggle to be black in the Bel Paese

The last few months have seen both Italian and international press roaring with reports of racism in the, apparently not so, Bel Paese[i]. Much of the reported abuse has focused on two of Italy’s most high-profile black Italians: Cecile Kyenge and Mario Balotelli. Both Kyenge and Balotelli are Italian citizens, both are black and both […]

Fast-tracked injustice

Detain (verb) /dɪˈteɪn/~ To keep (someone) in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in politically sensitive situations Immigrant detention facilities in the UK are some of the largest in Europe. There are currently 10 “immigration removal centres” and 17 “short holding centres” housing between two and three thousand immigrants at any one time. In the vast […]