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Open Letter: Immigration Bill 2013-2014

Dear Editor

We are writing regarding the UK Immigration Bill 2013-14. We feel compelled to speak out against the Bill: as researchers who dispute the assumptions that underlie the Bill; as educators concerned about the impact on our international students and colleagues, who form a substantial presence in our programmes and critically contribute to academic life; and as members of society concerned by the likely human and social impacts of the Bill (See Migrants Rights Network briefing).

The underlying discourse of the Immigration Bill blames immigration for the intense insecurity and fear for the future that so many of us face, and pits the interests of migrants against the interests of ‘British workers’. It is based on the false division between ‘us and them’ – and the assumption that if migrants are not excluded then they will take British workers’ jobs and place an unbearable strain on state finances and services. These ideas are not backed by research, and we suggest that they are false (for instance on the myth of migrants being a burden on the NHS see here).

The government’s agendas for immigration, austerity and welfare reform are increasingly intertwined in politicians’ speeches and the media. All are based on the principle that for most of us, access to necessities should be dependent solely on our usefulness to employers. Increased conditionality in the provision of welfare support goes together with the co-option of a range of professionals to act as border guards, policing access to resources on the basis of immigration status. This normalises the idea of the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’ poor, which creates pressure for all workers to accept lower wages and poorer conditions of employment.

The government states that the measures in the Immigration Bill will tackle irregular migration by creating a ‘hostile environment’, but this is far more likely to increase irregular migration by driving large numbers of migrants underground. There is a significant body of research showing that immigration restrictions leave many migrants vulnerable to exploitation (see research by the ILO and the IOM), with negative consequences for everyone. This is why trade unions in the UK have taken a clear stance against the Immigration Bill as workers and their organisations realise that, as long as migrants are treated unequally and do not join the same struggles for better conditions, they are all going to be weaker. It is time to change the terms of the debate, to build an alternative to the politics of austerity and exclusion through solidarity and cooperation instead of division.

Dr Tom Vickers, Northumbria University
Dr Gabriella Alberti, University of Leeds
Dr Hannah Lewis, University of Leeds
Dr Kirsten Forkert, Birmingham City University
Prof Max Farrar, Leeds Metropolitan University
Dr Kate Hardy, University of Leeds
Prof Sian Moore, UWE Bristol
Dr Jo Ingold, University of Leeds
John Ward, University of Leeds
Dr Benjamin Selwyn University of Sussex
Dr Jo Grady, University of Leicester
Prof Sonia McKay London Metropolitan University
Prof Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster
Dr Rosa Mas Giralt, University of Leeds
Prof Stephanie Tailby, University of West of England
Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic, University of Leicester
Prof Chris Ford, University of Leeds
Dr Hazel Conley, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Andrew Watterson, University of Stirling
Dr Paul Brook, University of Leicester
Gabriela Quevedo, University of Nottingham (PhD student)
Prof Miguel Martinez Lucio , University of Manchester
Dr Lefteris Kretsos, University of Greenwich
Dr Mara Ferreri, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Anna Parkevopoulou, London Metropolitan University
Zinovijus Ciupijus, University of Leeds
Dr Dave Wray, University of Greenwich
Dr Katy Long, University of Edinburgh
Dr Stuart Hodkinson, University of Leeds
Stacey Hunter, University of Edinburgh (PhD student)
Dr Keith Halfacree, Swansea University
Arezu Bari, Newcastle University (PhD student)
Camilla Royle, Kings College London (student)
Emma Kerry, University of Leeds (PhD student)
Dr. Hannah Morgan Cross, University of Westminster
Prof Phil O’Keefe, Northumbria University
Dr Martin Zebracki, University of Leeds
Dr John Lever, Huddersfield University
Prof Kevin Hylton, Leeds Metropolitan University
Dr Peter Lugosi, Oxford Brookes University
Prof Jonathan Long, Leeds Metropolitan University
Prof Dr Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London
Prof. Gary Craig, Durham University
Prof Paul Routledge, University of Leeds
Elena Vacchelli, Middlesex University
Dr. Andrew Wilbur, University of Glasgow
Dr. Saurabh Arora, University of Sussex
Claire Reddleman, Goldsmiths University of London (PhD student)
Life Fellow Hugo Radice, University of Leeds
Dr Steve Garner, The Open University
Dr Roiyah Saltus, University of South Wales
Dr Michele Lobo, Deakin University, Australia
Dr Susan Mains, University of Dundee
Dr Maki Kimura, University College London
Dr Malcolm James, City University, London
Dr Harshad Keval, Canterbury Christ Church University
Prof John Gledhill, University of Manchester
Dr Andrew Wilbur, University of Glasgow
Ralitsa Hiteva, University of Sussex (PhD student)
Marguerite Bryant, University of Sheffield (PhD student)
Dr David Storey, University of Worcester
Dr Michael Keary, Aberystwyth University
Dr Gavin Brown, University of Leicester
Dr Alex Coad, University of Sussex
Dr Helen Yaffe, University of Leicester
Dr Stef Jansen, University of Manchester
Dr Matej Blazek, Loughborough University
Dr Derek Kirton, University of Kent
Dr Brenna Bhandar, School of Oriental and African Studies
Prof Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Warwick
Dr Tommaso Ciarli, University of Sussex
Dr Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester
Dr Michelle Obeid, University of Manchester
Dr Soumhya Vekatesan, University of Manchester
Dr Teresa Piacentini, University of Glasgow
Dr Ala Sirriyeh, Keele University
Dr Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath
Prof Matt Baillie-Smith, Northumbria University
Dr Tamsin Barber, Oxford Brookes University
Dr Siobhan Holohan, Keel University
Dr Charles Leddy-Owen, University of Portsmouth
Dr Ulrike M Vieten, University of Sheffield
Prof James W. McAuley, University of Huddersfield
Dr Aaron Winter, Abertay University
Dr Alexandra Kokoli, Middlesex University
Dr Stefan Lawrence, Southampton Solent University
Prof Robert Moore, University of Liverpool
Dr Leena Kumarappan, London Metropolitan University
Prof Jane Holgate, University of Leeds
Imran Awan, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham City University
Dr Monish Bhatia, University of Abertay Dundee
Dr Ghazala Mir, University of Leeds
Prof Gargi Bhattacharyya, University of East London
Helen Charnley, Durham University
Dr Cecily Jones
Dr Daniela Sime, University of Strathclyde
Dr Simon Goodman, Coventry University
Dr Christopher Hart, Lancaster University
Dr Andy Smith, University of Glasgow
Dr Bridget Byrne, University of Manchester
Dr Naaz Rashid, University of Manchester
Prof Mark R D Johnson, De Montfort University
Dr Darryl Humble, Northumbria University
Dr Victoria Redclift, University of Surrey
Dr Dean Wilson, Plymouth University
Debra Hayes, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Neil Howard, Marie Curie Research Fellow, European University Institute
Prof Larry Ray, University of Kent
Dr Karen Evans, University of Liverpool
Nicola Horsley, London South Bank University
Dr Andreas Dimopoulos, Brunel University
Dr Frank Houghton, Limerick Institute of Technology
Dr Hugh Crosfield, Royal Holloway University of London
Dr Philip Brown, University of Salford
Prof Mima Cattan, Northumbria University
Prof Jennie Popay, Lancaster University
Dr Gurnam Singh, Coventry University
Melanie Crofts, University of Northampton
Dr Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln
Prof Ludi Simpson, University of Manchester
Dr Akwugo Emejulu, University of Edinburgh
Kait Laughlin, University of the West of Scotland
Prof Heaven Crawley, Swansea University
Dr Sarah C. White, University of Bath
Dr Melissa Fernández, London School of Economics
Dr Ron Mendel, University of Northampton
Dr Vicki Squire, University of Warwick
Dr Kurt Mills, University of Glasgow
Dr Jacqueline Haq, Newcastle University
Dr Gina Netto, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Mark Doidge, University of Brighton
Dr Barbara Samaluk, University of Greenwich Business School
Dr Jayan Nayar, University of Warwick
Dr Emma Jackson, University of Glasgow
Dr Graham Smith, University of Northampton
Prof Luke Martell, University of Sussex
Dr Michael Bailey, University of Essex
Dr Jon Dean, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Sally Hines, University of Leeds
Dr Trude Sundberg, University of Kent
Anna Bull, Goldsmiths, University of London
Prof Alex Stevens, University of Kent
Dr Steven Roberts, University of Kent
Dr Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire
Dr Mark Cresswell, Durham University
Dr Kim Allen, Manchester Metropolitan University
Prof Christopher Rootes, University of Kent
Dr Bob Jeffery, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Dermot O’Reilly, Lancaster University
Dr Leon Moosavi, University of Liverpool
Dr Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University
Dr Damien Short, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Prof Jo Brewis, University of Leicester
Tim Palazon, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Andrew Wallace, University of Lincoln
Dr John Moore, UWE Bristol
Dr Patricia Hynes, University of Bedfordshire
Prof Alison Phipps, University of Glagow
Jez Buffin, University of Central Lancashire
Prof Catherine Pope, Univerisity of Southampton
Dr Moya Flynn, University of Glasgow
Dr Waqas Tufail, University of Chester
Dr Chris Gilligan, University of the West of Scotland
Dr Jim Lusted, University of Northampton
Dr Say Burgin, University of Leeds
Dr Victoria Canning, Liverpool John Moores University
Prof Michael Pickering, Loughborough University
Dr Nick Gill, University of Exeter
Dr Paul Anderson, University of Warwick
Dr Peter Millward, Liverpool John Moores University
Dr Kallia Manoussaki, University of the West of Scotland
Dr Fauzia Ahmad, University College London
Dr Simone Hancox, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Debbie Nicholson, University of the West of Scotland
Lorenza Antonucci, University of the West of Scotland
Prof Willy Maley, University of Glasgow
Yassamine Mather, University of Glasgow
Dr J. Iain McPhee, University of the West of Scotland
Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni, University of Glasgow
Daniel Jakopovich, University of Cambridge
Dr Nilufar Ahmed, Cardiff University
Elvira Doghem-Rashid, Kings College London
Gordon Asher, University of the West of Scotland
Dr Evelyn Arizpe, University of Glasgow
Prof Harriet Ward, Loughborough University
Dr Emily Wykes, University of Nottingham
Dr Daniel Chernilo, Loughborough University
Dr Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick
Dr Hannah Jones , University of Warwick
Dr Albert Persaud, careif and Queen Mary’s School of Medicine & Dentistry
Dr Maud Bracke, History, University of Glasgow
Dr Simon Murray, University of Glasgow
Dr Shamser Sinha, University Campus Suffolk
Dr Robert Gibb, University of Glasgow
Dr Christian Hennig, University College London
Dr Geoff Bright, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Will Jackson, Liverpool John Moores University
Dr Ben Pitcher, University of Westminster
Prof Les Back, Goldsmiths University of London
Prof Rebecca Kay, University of Glasgow
Dr Eleni Hatzidimitriadou, Kingston University and St George’s University of London
Dr Rachael Dobson, Kingston University
Dr Parvati Raghuram , Open University
Dr Ian Fitzgerald, Northumbria University
Dr Louise Waite, University of Leeds
Rumana Hashem, University of East London
Dr John Clayton, Northumbria University
Dr Linda MacKay, University of the West of Scotland
Nick Cartwright, University of Northampton
Dr Ima Jackson, Glasgow Caledonian University
Prof Ian Law, University of Leeds
Dr Elisa Wynne-Hughes, Cardiff University
Dr Phyllis Ferguson, University of Oxford
Sonal Shah, University of Birmingham
Dr Lani Russell, Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Gareth Mulvey, University of Glasgow
Dr Bethan Harries, University of Manchester
Dr Kehinde Andrews, Newman University, Birmingham
Dr Ross White, University of Glasgow
Prof Laurence Gruer, Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow
Prof Christine McCourt, City University London
Dr Leticia Sabsay, The Open University
Dr Lucy Michael, University of Hull
Dr Philomena de Lima, University of the Highlands & Islands
Dr Davide Pero, University of Nottingham
Dr Joshua Skoczylis, University of Lincoln
Dr Yasmeen Narayan, Birkbeck College University of London
Dr Rowena Arshad, University of Edinburgh
Alessio D’Angelo, Middlesex University
Prof Jacqui Akhurst, York St John University
Dr Diana Yeh, Birkbeck College University of London
Prof Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London
Dr Judy Redman, Sheffield Hallam university
Prof Ravinder Barn, Royal Holloway University of London
Prof Denise Ferreira da Silva, Queen Mary, University of London
Prof Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham
Dr Nicki Thorogood, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Susie Jacobs, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Sara R. Farris, Goldsmiths, University of London
Prof Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths University of London
Dr Stephen Spencer, Sheffield Hallam University
Prof Ali Rattansi, City University London
Dr June Edmunds, University of Essex
Dr Karem Roitman, Open University
Prof Nick Fox, University of Sheffield
Dr Jason Lim, University of Brighton
Julie McAdam, University of Glasgow
Dr Lucy Williams, University of Kent
Dr Hartwig Pautz, University of the West of Scotland
Dr Julian Simpson, The University of Manchester
Sivamohan Valluvan, University of Manchester
Dr Barbara Howard-Hunt, Birmingham City University
Dr Bindi Shah, University of Southampton
Dr Koen Leurs, London School of Economics
Dr Leah Bassel, University of Leicester
Graham Jeffery, University of the West of Scotland
Prof Nigel Waters, George Mason University USA
Prof Donna Baines, McMaster University Canada
Prof Devi Sacchetto, University of Padua, Italy
Prof. Dr. Sabine Broeck, University of Bremen
Dr Takahiro Chino, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Isabel Soto, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, SPAIN
Kjartan Sveinsson, London School of Economics (PhD student)
Lucy Mort, Manchester Metropolitan University (PhD student)
Sitara Thobani, University of Oxford (PhD student)
Jasbinder S. Nijjar, Brunel University (PhD student)
Claire Gregory, De Montfort University (PhD student)
Dieuwertje Dyi Huijg, University of Manchester (PhD student)
Angie Ng, Durham University (PhD student)
Anisa Mustafa, University of Nottingham (PhD student)
Claire Bynner, University of Glasgow (PhD student)
Ewa Duda-Mikulin, University of Salford (PhD student)
Daniel Jakopovich, University of Cambridge (PhD student)
Victoria Armstrong, Durham University (PhD student)
Shani Burke, Loughborough University (PhD student)
Ashok Patnaik, University of Huddersfield (PhD student)
Natalie Soleiman, Keele University (PhD student)
Gwyneth Lonergan, University of Manchester (PhD student)
Ayar Ata, London South Bank University (PhD student)
Licia Cianetti, University College London (PhD student)
Kieran Hamilton, University of the West of Scotland (PhD student)
Anna Beesley, University of Glasgow (PhD student)
Terese Jonsson, London Metropolitan University (PhD student)
Lorenzo Vianelli, University of Warwick (PhD student)
Kathryn Medien, University of Warwick (PhD student)
Dr Judith Offman, Intervention Research Manager, Breast Cancer Care
Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, Fahamu Refugee Programme
Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz, Research and Policy Coordinator, Independent Academic Research Studies
Hilary Burrage, consultant Sociologist
John Grayson, Independent Researcher, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group
Dr Jan Cambridge, Public Service Interpreting Consultancy
Beryl Nicholson, independent scholar
Dr Indra Dewan, independent researcher
Janet Shapiro, retired London Metropolitan University, National Pensioners Convention
Josephine Smith, Glasgow Kelvin College

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