Everyday Bordering & the undermining of Multi-Ethnic Britain
Monday 14th March 2016
7 - 9pm
Everyday Bordering and the Undermining of Multi-Ethnic Britain
â€˜Everyday Bordersâ€™ film screening and discussion
18 years after the Runnymede Trust set up The Commission for the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, chaired by Lord Bhikhu Parekh, immigration legislation is increasingly outsourcing border-guard roles to ordinary citizens extending the UK border further into everyday life. A recent example are theÂ â€˜Right to Rentâ€˜ checks, introduced in the 2014 Immigration Act and compulsory in England since the 1stÂ of February 2016 under which private landlords are obliged to check the identities and immigration status of any adult living in their properties. If they fail to do so they face fines and if the 2015 Immigration Bill becomes law, imprisonment. Similar requirements for employers, bank workers, health workers and education institutions to carry out immigration related checks and monitoring as part of their everyday work, are threatening the â€˜vibrant multicultural society, at ease with its rich diversityâ€™ that the Parekh Report hoped Britain would become.
There will be a screening of the film â€˜Everyday Bordersâ€™ (dir Orson Nava), followed by a panel discussion.
Lord Bhikhu Parekh: Chair of The Commission for the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain and author of the Parekh Report
Omar Khan:Â Director, Runnymede Trust
Pragna Patel: Director, Southall Black Sisters
Professor Nira Yuval-Davis: Director, Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at UEL
Chair: Dr Suki Ali, Department of Sociology, LSE