‘Are we going to be allowed to stay here?’: Migration, Discrimination and Resistance
This meeting will address the questions:
What are the consequences of this for immigrants themselves and for British citizens?
Are new forms of racism, xenophobia and discrimination emerging?
How can we resist this?
A panel of invited speakers will address the questions above with reference to their own experience and expertise, and invite lively debate and contributions from the meeting.
Kirsten Forkert, BCU on findings from the Mapping Immigration Controversy research project which examines the effects of government anti-immigration campaigns on migrants and non-migrants, including activist resistance, in Birmingham and nationally.
Saqlain Shah and Boniface Mambwe from Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Action on their project to expose the housing conditions faced by asylum seekers in housing managed by G4S in Birmingham, and on particular self-organising and campaigning by migrants themselves
Speaker from Movement Against Xenophobia on their organisation and campaigns, in particular the ‘right to rent’ pilot requiring landlords to check the immigration status of tenants being piloted in the West Midlands and their survey about its effects
Shreya Paudel, National Union of Students, on how immigration policy changes are affecting international students in Birmingham, and how students, migrants and others can work together
Speaker from UCU (University and College Union) on trade union organising and equalities, and in particular attendance monitoring of international students and how it can be resisted
Chair: Hannah Jones, University of Warwick
The evening is designed to bring together community activists, trade unionists and those with an interest in social justice. If you just want to find out more and/or share your views on these burning issues please join us.
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