Sanctuary in a Hostile Environment

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:00

ASSIST's contribution to the online Festival of Debate this year is a session on Sanctuary in a Hostile Environment.

We are delighted to welcome speakers Aidan Mosselson, Maya Goodfellow and Victor Mujakachi who will explore how the UK's hostile environment impacts people seeking sanctuary, and how we can respond.

Maya Goodfellow will explore the UK's history of anti-immigration politics, looking at how both Labour and Conservative governments have implemented regressive policies. She will unpick the myths that surround immigration to argue against contemporary anti-immigration politics.

Aidan Mosselson will highlight the ways in which the government’s hostility towards migrants affects people as they try to go about their daily lives. His research also analyses the ways in which the hostile environment intrudes into and disrupts spaces and interactions designed to provide support to forced migrants, creating divisions between those providing care and those being cared for.

This event will also discuss some of the work being done in Sheffield to actively challenge and contest the hostile environment - and create a city that is welcoming to, and hospitable for, forced migrants.

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The full Festival of Debate programme is at:
You can also see a trailer highlighting some of the Festival's keynote speakers at: 

Maya Goodfellow