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CHALLENGING THE BORDER MENTALITY: A TIME TO REVISIT OUR COMMITMENT TO THE REFUGEE CONVENTION?

With speaker  Dr Mick Wilkinson  (Lecturer in Social Justice at the University of Hull)

Mick will revisit the UK’s historic commitment to refugees as the ‘mother of Asylum,’ a reminder of how grassroots communities have traditionally sought to offer a warm and generous welcome to those in fear of persecution and genocide. He will outline how from the 1990s onwards, a perfect storm of racism, political opportunism and media demonization have betrayed that legacy, creating in its place a ‘hostile environment’ for asylum seekers and their children.

A joint event with Headingley Festival of Ideas

 

About the speaker

Dr Mick Wilkinson is Lecturer in Social Justice at the University of Hull. He has been an Associate Member of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery & Emancipation (WISE), Hull, since its inception in 2006. His research interests include: modern slavery; asylum and refugees; racism; inequalities and social conflict; transnational crime.