This is a link to my talk on the cost of current immigration policy at the Brainwash Festival in Amsterdam. The talk was given on 26 October and broadcast on the Dutch channel NPO on 1 December.
This essay, on the EU’s outsourced migration controls as the new imperialism, was my Observer column this week. (The column included also a short piece on easy answers in the wake of the London Bridge attack.) It was published on 1 December 2019, under the headline ‘When refugees in Libya are being starved, Europe’s plan is working’. A hospital that finds its patients so burdensome that it denies them medical care. A homeless hostel that turfs its residents out on the […]
Should net immigration to Britain rise or fall? That’s the question many British journalists have been asking party leaders this past week and it’s one that neither Labour nor the Tories are able to answer. Partly, that’s because the immigration policies of both parties are incoherent. The Conservatives have quietly ditched their commitment to reduce net immigration levels to ‘tens of thousands’ while continuing to promise to ‘reduce’ immigration, though being unable to say how, or to what numbers. Labour, as […]
This essay was was first published in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, 2 July 2019. The photos of Óscar and Valeria Ramírez, migrants from El Salvador, drowned in the Rio Grande as they tried to cross into the USA, are haunting and distressing, and have sparked outrage and anger in America. Four years ago, images of the Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach similarly shocked and horrified Europe. These deaths are neither accidents nor isolated cases. They […]
Categories: International, Race & Immigration • Tags: alan kurdi, detention of migrants, european union, fortress europe, immigration controls, immigration policy, libya, mediterranean, migrant deaths, oscar and valeria ramirez, undocumented migrants, usa
This essay, on the criminalisation of solidarity with undocumented migrants, was my Observer column this week. It was published on 16 June 2019, under the headline ‘Are only certain kinds of people deemed worthy of our compassion?’ When is a Good Samaritan not a Good Samaritan? When he or she helps someone undeserving of our humanity In Arizona on 11 June, a jury was unable to reach a verdict on Scott Daniel Warren, a college lecturer accused of conspiracy to transport and […]
This essay, on the reality of Australia’s points-based immigration system, was my Observer column this week. (The column included also a short piece on cultural appropriation and cultural gatekeeping.) It was published on 14 April 2019, under the headline ‘A points-based system doesn’t end naked prejudice against migrants’. ‘How long have you been living in Australia?’ I asked the cabbie in Melbourne. Three years, he said. He’d come from India. ‘Do you like it here?’ I asked. No, he said. Why […]
This essay, on Sajid Javid’s new White Paper on immigration, was my Observer column this week. (The column included also a short piece on José Mourniho.) It was published in the Observer, 23 December 2018, under the headline ‘The new immigration proposals are economic and political nonsense’. ‘We have become illiberal and lowered quotas at a time when we have an acute shortage of labour.’ So observed the cabinet minister Richard Crossman in his diaries in 1966, after the Labour government, […]