Britain is often said to have a proud record of offering sanctuary to those seeking asylum. Who has been admitted in the past – and who rejected? Why are some refugees said to be “genuine” and others – like many attempting to enter the UK today – seen as unwelcome and even threatening.
What are the implications for those seeking asylum today – some apprehended crossing the Channel and then detained and deported? Why is the UK government determined to exclude more refugees – and what are the implications for principles of social justice? Philip Marfleet introduces discussion.
This talk is part of Shire Hall Museum’s exhibition, Crossings: Community and Refuge
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Image: Issam Kourbaj (b. 1963), Dark Water, Burning World, 2016, repurposed bicycle steel mudguards, extinguished matches and clear resin. © Trustees of the British Museum
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