Past Event

Migration is Not a Crime: End the Hostile Environment Public Meeting

14 March 2019, 7:00 pm
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House North Block), SOAS

Public meeting hosted by SOAS UNISON, SOAS UCU & Stand Up to Racism.

Speakers include:

  • Mel Strickland, Standsted 15
  • Paru Raman, SOAS Centre for Migration & Diaspora Studies
  • Naima Omar, Stand Up to Racism

The question of migration is being discussed across the world, with migrants and refugees being demonised by politicians and the press.

The Windrush scandal has shown the inhumanity of governments’ ‘hostile environment’. Detention and deportations are destroying the lives of people that are part of the fabric of our society, and thousands of refugees remain stranded in Northern France.

In the turmoil of Brexit, Theresa May is using the rights if migrants as a bargaining chip.

A wave of Islamophobic hate crime is continuing to grow, with Muslim women at the sharp end. And there has been a major resurgence of antisemitism.

From Bolsonaro in Brazil and Le Pen in France to the AfD in Germany and the FPO in Austria, racists and fascists are moving off the political margins to centre stage.

The threat is huge, but together we can turn the tide. This meeting will be discussing why migration is not a crime, and how we can end the hostile environment.