Published in: Can Europe Make It?Rebuilding trust in Europe will mean a new and more populist way of doing politics
The truth is that ‘trust me’ didn’t work and the much-vaunted expertise of the ‘third way’ politicians have contributed to the disarray we see all around us.
Needless heartbreak: new UK rules on family migration
Today's report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration exposes deep injustice in new restrictions on family migration. Much pain and trouble might have been avoided had the government paid due regard to human rights.
A ‘Coalition of the Rational’ on immigration? What would we do to make that happen?
At a fringe meeting of Labour’s Party Conference last week, the shadow minister for immigration Chris Bryant MP said a “coalition of the rational” was a prerequisite of serious and rational debate about migration. Was that just an adlibbed comment at an obscure gathering? Or something more promising? Don Flynn, director of Migrants’ Rights Network, explores the notion.
Detention is the essence of immigration control
At any one time more than 2000 people are deprived of their liberty because a UK immigration official considers they have breached a control regulation. In a new book, Alexandra Hall argues that what goes on at the gloomy fringes of the immigration system emerges from principles that define the whole of our society.
'Something there is that doesn't love a border'
The American poet Robert Frost said it about walls and the way the forces of nature do their best to pull them down. After the dismal report of the Home Affairs Committee on the underperformance of the UKBA earlier this week, it seems like we could say pretty much the same thing about borders...
“Mickey Mouse border controls slammed!” Calm down, relax, don't worry
Around one in every 2000 people entering the UK between June 2010 and November 2011 got in on just a visual check of ID papers. So?