Secret agents: anarchists, Islamists and politically active refugees in London

Collyer, Michael (2005) Secret agents: anarchists, Islamists and politically active refugees in London. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 28 (2). pp. 278-303. ISSN 0141-9870

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The literature on the securitization of migration has characterized a growing trend in migration legislation to treat migration as a security issue. This legitimizes increasingly harsh responses to migrants. Recent legislation in the UK has responded to security concerns directly through the immigration system, where discrimination on the basis of national origin remains permissible, rather than the criminal justice system, where it is not. A historical comparison of two refugee communities reveals the extent to which the security response has become ingrained in British policy-making on migration issues. At the end of the nineteenth century Parliament was faced with a very similar set of issues to those faced by government a century later but a strong liberal consensus implemented very different legislation. Migration policy should not be governed by the actions of a tiny minority of real or imagined ‘secret agents’. The only just solution is to deal with the situation through the criminal justice system, rather than as an immigration issue.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Depositing User: Michael Collyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:18
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 09:08
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