Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats

Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats

by Maya Goodfellow


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How migrants became the scapegoats of contemporary mainstream politics

As refugees drowned in the Mediterranean, the UK Government proudly announced that the aim of its immigration policy was to create a ‘hostile environment’ for undocumented immigrants. Despite study after study confirming that immigration is not damaging the economy or putting a strain on public services, migrants continue to be blamed for all the UK’s ills. How did we get here?

Maya Goodfellow offers a compelling answer and illuminates the dark underbelly of contemporary immigration policies. Talking to politicians, immigration lawyers, and immigrants themselves, Goodfellow examines how the media and successive governments have created and fuelled anti-immigration politics over the last fifty years. Ultimately, Hostile Environment reveals the distinct forms of racism and dehumanisation that result from these policies. Goodfellow’s book is a crucial reminder of the human cost to treating immigration as a problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788739603
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 555,945
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Maya Goodfellow is a writer, researcher and academic. She has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, Al Jazeera and the Independent. She received her PhD from SOAS, University of London. She is a trustee of the Runnymede Trust.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Honest Conversation 1

1 The Cost of It All 11

2 'Keeping' the Country White 47

3 New Labour: Things Can Only Get Better? 92

4 Legitimate Concerns 129

5 'It's Not Racist. It's Common Sense' 160

Conclusion 192

Afterword: All of the Lessons That Haven't Been Learned 212

Acknowledgements 249

Notes 251

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