How Theresa May’s “hostile environment” created an underworld

Article in the New Statesman
12 February, 2018

An example of what not to do. Creating a hostile environment for migrants creates a hostile environment for everyone, citizens and foreigners alike. It increases suspicion and fuels all the negative stereotypes and fantasies about migrants. It will make responding to migration movements more difficult and harden the positions of all those who believe that migrants are a curse.

“There are two key strands to this policy, cooked up by a body initially dubbed the “Hostile Environment Working Group” and made law in the Immigration Acts of 2014 and 2016. First, force employers, landlords, schools, universities, banks, doctors and local government employees to run their own checks, and hit them with criminal charges if they fail to report anyone they believe to be in the country illegally. Second, strip away welfare support and access to NHS and public services, making Britain so profoundly unwelcoming that people “choose” to leave of their own accord.”

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