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About Les Back and Shamser Sinha

Les Back is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London. Shamser Sinha is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies in the School of Applied Social Sciences, University Campus Suffolk. They are writing a book based on their joint research project, Migrant City, to be published by Routledge in 2015.

Articles by Les Back and Shamser Sinha

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Stealing a dream: young migrants living through anti-immigrant times

In the cacophony of opinion surrounding the ‘migrant crisis’ those least heard are young migrants themselves. Les Back and Shamser Sinha have spent ten years listening to those voices in London, which they’ve now collected into the book Migrant City.

'Go Home' vans defeated, but . . .

The British government has abandoned plans to send vans around the country telling 'illegal immigrants' to Go Home. That doesn't mean the official policy of hostility towards migrants has softened.

'Go Home' texts expose anti-migrant British policy to the world

Last week two London academics exposed a racist government blunder, sparking international embarrassment and a statement from the Prime Minister. A small victory in the jaws of defeat, they say. Here is their report on one week in anti-immigrant times.

Welcome to Britain. Go Home. And have a pleasant journey

The Home Office gave Capita the mobile phone number of a leading civil rights activist. They texted him and told him to Go Home. Landlords, doctors, health visitors, teachers are being enlisted as agents of border control. What's happening to the character of Britain?

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