Blogs by Don Flynn
David Cameron’s intervention during the EU leaders’ summit meeting in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius last week has made it clear enough that the issues of immigration and Europe are going to be heavily intertwined during the political debates of the coming period.
Cameron’s claims that the UK is especially attractive to the movements of other Europeans because of the claimed generosity of its welfare state have been met with the same very reasonable question on numerous occasions in the recent past: where’s your evidence?
The Institute of Employment Rights – a ‘think tank for the labour movement’ - held a stimulating one-day conference on ‘labour migration in hard times’ yesterday in central London. The conversation followed the issues raised in a new book of that title published by the Institute which reviewed the predicament that migrants were finding themselves in.
‘La Pirogue’ is an account provided by an African film-maker of the reasons why thousands of people from his continent attempt the hazardous voyage to Europe each year. The film screening marked the beginning of a month long series of events and actions organised by 54 organisations supporting the Our Day Campaign across the uk.
The government has declared that the intention behind the new Immigration Bill currently being considered by Parliament is to create a 'hostile environment' for the people it describes as 'illegal'.
There is a tendency to think of this group of people as being entirely distinct from the larger body of legal migrants, who live their lives in accordance with the rules and regulations and never come into contact with the 'illegals'.
What are we talking about when we talk about the rights of migrants? Is there something tangible already there that we can anchor this discussion in, or is it a matter of aspiration for a better world of the distant future?
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