Bans, boats, and the language of borders

by Carys Goodwin

In April 2017, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton became embroiled in yet another controversy regarding Australia’s offshore detention centres. This scandal involved reports of a shooting – an altercation between local soldiers and detainees on Manus Island that Dutton asserted was linked to asylum seekers bringing a five year old boy into the detention centre. In the fourth part of our symposium on migration, Carys Goodwin examines what the incident tells us about the politics of asylum in Australia.

The happiest country in the world - as long as you’re white

by Matthew Mahmoudi

On 10 February the Danish Parliament, the Folketing, expressed its ‘concern’ that ‘many areas in Denmark contain a proportion of immigrants and descendants from non-Western countries which surpasses 50%’. In the third part of our special series on migration, Matthew Mahmoudi explores Denmark's troubled approach to integration and asks whether it is really 'the happiest country in the world'.

To ignore others can be to forget oneself: Europe’s laws of hospitality and the refugee crisis

by Garrett Wallace Brown

As Europeans confront the profound political challenges of the current refugee crisis, political theorist Garrett Wallace Brown argues that they would do well to reflect on a longstanding ethical tradition: the laws of hospitality. From ancient Greece to the Enlightenment, a call to welcome strangers escaping harm, persecution and death has been at the centre of Europe’s history of ideas.

“You have to tell a story”: Emma Jane Kirby on reporting the migration crisis

by Emma Jane Kirby in conversation with Hettie O’Brien

Six years on from the start of the Syrian civil war, the migration crisis has developed a rich and powerful imagery: pictures of overcrowded rubber boats at sea, of Aleppo’s obliterated streets, and of makeshift settlements in Calais. Though the scale of the dislocation can be overwhelming, images and objects – like the picture of Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach – have helped awaken UK public opinion to the human cost of the crisis. As part of our new series on migration, Hettie O’Brien spoke to Emma Jane Kirby, an award winning foreign correspondent who has covered the European migration crisis for the BBC. Her recent book, The Optician of Lampedusa, blends fact and fictive elements to tell the real-life story of Carmine Menna, a local optician who found himself at the centre of the crisis when he rescued drowning migrants from the Mediterranean.

Confronting Precarious Work

by Arne L Kalleberg

The dynamic upheavals associated with globalization, technological developments in communication and information technology, and cultural disruptions have made it increasingly difficult for people to obtain meaningful work and establish a sense of stability in their lives. A key challenge for the year 2017 and beyond is to address the risks associated with precarious work and thereby provide the job and economic security that would enable the construction of orderly career narratives.

The Nature of Labour Today

by Hettie O’Brien

Introducing a special series on the future of work: what do zero-hours contracts and the rise of companies like Uber and Deliveroo mean for the economy and politics?