Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Predictable arrivals
in (B)ordering Britain
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Chapter 4 examines the categories of refugee, migrant and asylum seeker in the context of the post-1981 newly conceptually and geographically configured Britain. People who were previously legally associated with the British polity with rights to enter Britain were now categorised as refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. The refugees and asylum seekers of today were the British subjects of yesterday, colonised, alienated and barred from access to wealth stolen from them. I show how courts function within a framework of state sovereignty in which they cannot challenge the legitimacy of Britain’s post-colonial articulation of its borders and their dispossessory effects for colonised populations.

(B)ordering Britain

Law, race and empire


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