Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats, Goodfellow, Maya

Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats

Authors: Goodfellow, Maya

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781788733380

Classification: Fiction

Synopsis: How migrants became the scapegoats of contemporary mainstream politics

From the 1960s the UK’s immigration policy—introduced by both Labour and Tory governments—has been a toxic combination of racism and xenophobia. Maya Goodfellow tracks this history through to the present day, looking at both legislation and rhetoric, to show that distinct forms of racism and dehumanisation have produced a confused and draconian immigration system. She examines the arguments made against immigration in order to dismantle and challenge them. Through interviews with people trying to navigate the system, legal experts, politicians and campaigners, Goodfellow shows the devastating human costs of anti-immigration politics and argues for an alternative.

The new edition includes an additional chapter, which explores the impacts of the 2019 election and the ongoing immigration enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic.


Longlisted for the 2019 Jhalak Prize

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