Tag Archives: UK

A tolerant country?

Published over fifteen years ago in 1991, Colin Holmes’ ‘A Tolerant Country?’ poses a question that is as relative today as it was then. Holmes starting point is what he sees as the internalised celebratory vision of Britain as a tolerant country and British people as inherently decent and tolerant of immigrants, refugees and minorities, […]

Reflecting and producing society through the right to vote

In May 2016 the UK’s highest court, the Supreme Court, upheld the decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal, confirming that UK citizens who had been living outside the country for more than 15 years would be unable to vote in the EU referendum the following month. This decision came after two British […]

A shout out to men of fighting age

‘They’re men of fighting age!’ scream the headlines, conjuring up images of threatening brutes. Aggressive rhetoric and hyperbole have coloured the migration debate in the UK throughout 2016, targeting young, male refugees in particular. British MP David Davies claims refugees are not ‘averse to lying about their ages’, and should undergo dental checks, sparking a […]

Book review: fiction captures the complex realities of Calais life

This summer, an independent publishing company in London released a book of short stories in an effort to bring more attention to the refugee crisis in Europe.  Titled breach, the book, though fiction, is based on the interviews that authors Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes conducted in the Calais refugee camp in northern France, in […]

How will perceptions of migration influence Britain’s EU referendum?

According to Professor John Curtice from the University of Strathclyde, Britain’s EU referendum is likely to be decided in relation to two ‘poles’ of debate: the economy and immigration. However, if Simon Tilford of The Centre for European Reform is to be believed: If Britain votes to leave the EU it will be because of […]

“Swarms” from “the Jungle”: Calais and the new refugee reality

By Alex Johnson Make no mistake, what’s happening at the Channel Tunnel entrance in Calais is not a temporary crisis. This is not a short term problem, a blip before a return to regular programming. From Lesvos to Lampedusa, from Ceuta to Calais, the flow of desperate people seeking refuge from war and hunger shows […]