Debunking the Myths about Immigration

Key information

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Russell Square: College Buildings
Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

About this event

Dr Maya Goodfellow (writer)

For decades, certain groups of immigrants have been marked out as a threat, as strengthening borders and 'controlling immigration' has been treated as essential to protecting the nation state. This seminar will trace how anti-immigrant discourses and policies have changed over time and the ways they have remained the same, looking specifically at the relationship between arguments made about immigration and the economy and immigration and race. By situating contemporary immigration discourses and policies in a broader historical context, we can make sense of some of the ways anti-immigration arguments have been mainstreamed and think about ways to challenge them.

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Debunking the Myths about Immigration

Maya Goodfellow is a writer, academic and broadcast commentator. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman, among others, on a range of issues including UK politics, gender, race and migration. She has a PhD in race and racism from SOAS, University of London, and she is the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats.

Organiser: Feyzi Ismail (