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The UK’s ‘hostile environment’ has moved into a new phase of state violence but public resistance to it is growing

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29 June 2022
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Protesters against deportation are "taking the knew" in Manchester, June 12th 2022 - © Stefanie Doebler

Recent months have seen a new phase of anti-immigrant policymaking in the UK, characterised by a shift in deportations away from predominantly targeting foreign nationals with a criminal record to targeting refugees regardless of whether they committed a crime or not. UK government rhetoric on immigration, whilst having peddled xenophobia for at least a decade, now focuses distinctly on criminalising refugees who arrived via unregulated routes and the Home secretary famously threatened to push back migrant boats into the English channel using military force.

Stefanie Doebler

Stefanie Doebler is a lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University, a migrant and an anti-deportations activist. She is interested in questions of social justice, inequalities over the life-course, and anti-racism.

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  • Migration
  • africa

Citation

https://doi.org/10.57708/b122443630
Doebler, S. The UK’s ‘hostile environment’ has moved into a new phase of state violence but public resistance to it is growing. https://doi.org/10.57708/B122443630

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