Ethical approaches to immigration policy for a post–Brexit Britain, from a Christian perspective. (2018)
The Windrush scandal and the ethics of migration: What the church has to offer.
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The biggest surprise when it comes to the ongoing national debate about immigration is that it has taken this long to arrive. The Windrush scandal has raised questions over the government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy towards illegal migrants, the immigration targets and the wider way in which people are treated by the Home Office. The controversial decision of the BBC to mark the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech with a special programme, including playing the speech in full, has further raised debate over integration and the rhetoric that surrounds migration policy.
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Ben Ryan is Head of Research at Theos. He is the editor of Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post–Brexit Britain (JKP 2018) and the author of Theos reports on chaplaincy, the EU, the Catholic charity sector, mental health and ecumenism. He holds degrees in European politics from the LSE and in Theology and Religious Studies from Cambridge. Outside of Theos he is a trustee of CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network).
Posted 26 April 2018
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