The Financialisation of Human Dignity

Originally published on Shifting Grounds on February 13, 2014

The new family migration rules enacted by the Coalition government have become infamous for curtailing the right of British passport holders (let’s treat this designation for what it is: one based on holding a piece of paper) to bring their non-EU spouse – and, potentially, children – with them, unless they earn more than a minimum income threshold Read more

The Dehumanising Impact of Immigration Policy

Originally published on Shifting Grounds on January 10, 2014

In an interview with the Guardian, the home secretary Theresa May defines an ‘illegal’ immigrant as someone that has ‘no right to be in the UK’. Denying someone the ‘right to be in the UK’ may mean two things. It is, first of all, a denial of the right of entry (to be in the UK) to people variously defined as ‘outsiders’, despite any affinity or relationship that may be drawing them to these shores. On a more disturbing level, however, it also means – for someone that actually finds him or herself on these islands – the denial of the right to be. Read more

Folk Economics are Obscuring the Immigration Debate

Originally published on Shifting Grounds on December 4, 2013.

It’s Saturday morning, and I am flipping through the pages of a tired copy of the Guardian I found on a table. As I skim through it, I end up in the letters section, which today bears the title ‘Difficult decisions on immigration’.  There, I am met with the views of what Nigel Farage would probably dub ‘decent, sensible’ people, grappling with folk economics to justify measures to restrict immigration. Read more