immigration

One of the most direct ways that exclusion on the basis of citizenship occurs is by denial of access to territory. Denial of freedom of movement. What this can mean to the potential immigrant is denial of the right to work, the right to safety and to education. Thousands of irregular migrants have lost their lives seeking to cross international borders.

The Berlin Wall and Barack Obama

  In recent days Germans and those affected by the Cold War are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an anniversary worth celebrating. A chasm between the politics of the west and the communist world dissolved and people that had been kept apart for 40 years were suddenly…

Identity Crisis

Some countries obsess about ‘who we are’.  The obsession becomes more intense, the more people with different coloured skins, different accents, diffent cultures become part of day to day life.  In an age of migration “we” can become very confusing.  Who can “we” be, if quite obviously “us” includes “them”. This question is not just…

Will the real foreigners please stand up?

Either we all stand up or none of us do. Recently I read comments on the BBC page on Open Borders. One Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies expresses this view. Borders are essential to nationhood. They are the line between “us” and “them”. Without ‘them’ there can be no ‘us’, precluding the possibility…