Article first published in The Migrationist

Make 2017 the year that #LoveTrumpsHate

If you’re reading this blog, chances are we agree on one thing: 2016 was a pretty shit year. As a pro-immigration Brit, I assumed Brexit would be the low point. But by November, the US elections made the dishonest (on both sides) Brexit campaign seem like rational debate. And if you weren’t a fan of 2016, the last few weeks feel like all the awfulness of last year compressed into a nightmarish start to Donald Trump’s presidency…[read full article]

Article first published in The Descrier

Theresa May prioritises populism, ignores reality of the refugee crisis

Theresa May has one objective when it comes to refugees: to keep them out of Britain. In her first three months as Prime Minister she has scrapped the post of minister for Syrian refugees, allocated £2 million to build a wall in Calais and called for greater investment in refugee-producing countries – all to combat migration. This refusal to share responsibility with global partners shows a naive grasp of the situation and a callous attitude towards human rights…[read full article]

Article first published in The Migrationist

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 vicious campaign against ‘hulking’ teenagers being reunited with their families. Young men living in the Calais Jungle have been painted as ticking time bombs by the tabloid press, creating an aura of fear and ignoring the majority who crave peace and a fresh start. I spent two weeks in Calais volunteering at the Ashram Kitchen, serving food alongside the Jungle’s men of fighting age…[read full article]

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