Anti-reason & unreason in immigration debate

Dr Phil Cole and Dr Louis Cabrera at IRiS Seminar Series

Dr Phil Cole and Dr Louis Cabrera (discussant) at IRiS Seminar Series

The podcast of the first seminar in IRiS Series on Migration, citizenship and diversity is now available. A summary of Dr Phil Cole’s talk on the politics and philosophy of immigration debate in the UK is also available on INLOGOV blog. For Dr Cole:

 ‘One of the dominant features of public debate about immigration in the United Kingdom is the absence of reason. Many political commentators have begun to notice the reluctance of people to abandon basic myths about immigration, despite the prevalence of evidence that shows those myths to be false’.

Next week, Dr Madeleine Reeves from the University of Manchester will talk on ‘Making up a passport: hyper-documentation and the ethics of ‘illegal’ residence in Russia and Kyrgyzstan’.

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