Tag Archives: London

Make 2017 the year that #LoveTrumpsHate

If you’re reading this blog, chances are we agree on one thing: 2016 was a pretty shit year. As a pro-immigration Brit, I assumed Brexit would be the low point. But by November, the US elections made the dishonest (on both sides) Brexit campaign seem like rational debate. And if you weren’t a fan of […]

Diversity and Multiculturalism: missing pieces in the migration and development jigsaw?

By Paul Clewett Current development debates on migration go by and large like this: financial remittance flows often outweigh overseas development assistance and in some places even foreign investment, making them incredibly important for tackling poverty and spurring development. In addition, migrants who can be enticed to return have skills and worldly experience gained abroad that […]

Displacing memories at Liverpool Street Station

It’s a rare thing: Liverpool Street Station is actually shimmering in London’s sunshine. Commuters trample and are trampled in return. This is one of the UK’s busiest railway stations. It’s clean, bright and corporate ─ just as it should be as the gateway to London’s financial district. But it’s still unmistakably Victorian: with lofty, glass-panelled […]

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 […]

These are migrant streets: visiting the Museum of Immigration and Diversity in London

A line of huddled figures is slowly moving along the damp brick wall of a side street in East London. They are shivering in the cold March drizzle staring at those further ahead who pass through a worn-out laminated information sheet. One by one, they are finally let in through a door of peeling and […]