My grandfather, the migrant patriot

Sudip Bhattacharya explores the tensions of patriotism and living in diaspora in the US Read More

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Stories of migration and exile: in conversation with writer Olumide Popoola

by Yasmin Gunaratnam  “Calculate is angry because all of his things were stolen in Puglia. He has nothing but his good English. He went to the police…He didn’t think. Next thing he was standing in a police station and someone wanted to fingerprint him. But you can’t get fingerprinted there. Unless you want to stay.… Read More

From Boyle to May, immigration, as it turns out, has done rather well on providing jobs

by Chimene Suleyman I don’t know how I thought my parents came to England. I suppose I assumed they flew. It didn’t occur to me that they travelled by boat. One that took them first to Italy. By then the Cyprus civil war had spanned most of their lives. My father’s father was killed; at… Read More

Our White Curiosities

By Taimour Fazlani and Arooj Khan ‘Nigel Farage will give Britain its voice back’ ‘British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour’ ‘5000 new people settle here every week, say no to mass immigration!’ Xenophobia – fear of foreigners – is rife at this particular moment, given UKIP’s success in the recent local and… Read More

Good Immigrant/Bad Immigrant – Paul Collier’s ‘Exodus’

by Kiri Kankhwende In Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century, Paul Collier aims to chart a nuanced course between what he identifies as two extreme views of immigration: “popular hostility” to migrants, tinged by xenophobia and racism; and the view of business and liberal elites that ‘open doors’ are both economically and ethically… Read More

Framing Transnational Migration: An Intervention

by Sara Salem The last few weeks have seen at least three major incidents of migrants[1] dying at sea—two off the coast of Italy, and one just off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. These incidents have received much coverage in the media, but the framing of transnational migration in much of this coverage has been… Read More

Transnational Migration and Asylum Seekers

Sara Salem is a PhD researcher at the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Her work focuses on historical and institutional perspectives on political economy, and centers specifically on the recent wave of uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. Sara Salem@saramsalem In all coverage of the migrants who drowned off coast of… Read More