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Title: Continued and intensified hostility: The problematisation of immigration in the UK government’s 2021 New Plan for Immigration
Authors: Griffiths, C
Trebilcock, J
Keywords: asylum;immigration;Bacchi;hostile environment;problem representation
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2022
Publisher: Sage Publications on behalf of Critical Social Policy Ltd.
Citation: Griffiths, C. and Trebilcock, J. (2022) ‘Continued and intensified hostility: The problematisation of immigration in the UK government’s 2021 New Plan for Immigration’, Critical Social Policy, 0 (in press), pp. 1 - 22 (22) doi: 10.1177/02610183221109133.
Abstract: Copyright © The Author(s) 2022. Drawing on Bacchi’s (2009) ‘What’s the problem represented to be?’ framework, this article provides a critical analysis of HM Government’s (2021a) New Plan for Immigration. We explore how immigration is problematised, the assumptions that underlie these problematisations, alternative ways of representing the ‘problem’ of immigration, and the possible effects of the proposed reforms. Our article demonstrates how the New Plan is increasingly hostile towards, not only ‘illegal’ migrants, but an ever-widening group of people and organisations who may be viewed as facilitating illegal entry (organised criminals, hauliers) and/or those held responsible for preventing/delaying their removal (lawyers). The government’s proposals risk creating a two-tiered system, increasing the exclusion experienced by those seeking asylum, and widening the net of those held responsible for immigration control. Ultimately, we conclude that while the sentiments behind the government’s New Plan may not be all that ‘new’, they are nevertheless significant for their continuation and intensification of existing hostile policies and practices relating to immigration in the UK. This is especially so, given a number of recent global events that could have provided an opportunity to disrupt the government’s problematisation of, and hostility towards, people seeking refuge.
URI: https://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/25024
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/02610183221109133
ISSN: 0261-0183
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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