There's a doleful little game that staff at the Refugee Council sometimes play. They show visitors press cuttings about refugees and asylum seekers from the 1900s, 1930s and today, and ask them to guess when they were published. Most people get it wrong. They assume that Jewish refugees were welcomed, at least in the 1930s, with a tolerance that has traditionally been seen as a beacon of Britishness. They're shocked to discover that rabid intolerance - among both press and government - has a strong British pedigree. As Tony Kushner, professor of history at the University of Southampton, says, "The Daily Mail has been an anti-alien newspaper since the 1900s. There's great continuity."
Yet Holocaust refugees and survivors have been sanctified and idealised after the event, on occasion by the very same publications that at the time demonised them and sought to impugn their authenticity.
Congratulations, British immigration. You’ve obviously just caught a dangerous criminal.
BID report on migrant children highlights the damage caused by dividing families.
Wednesday night's launch of the latest report from Bail for Immigration Detainees took place at a packed meeting in Parliament. It was an encouraging sign that the toxic debate on immigration has not damped commitment to speak up for the rights of children affected by immigration controls.
https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrant of the day :
Mick Jagger with Aussie mum - musician,singer, songwriter & actor, best known as lead vocalist & founder of Rolling Stones
https://twitter.com/19pst in the Telegraph :
Protest badges of the Thatcher era.