50 Years of British Refugee Policies

Date: Tuesday, 25 October 2022 19:30

Venue: The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre.

50 Years of British Refugee Policies: Continuity and Change in Attitudes and Government Policies

50 years ago Idi Amin decreed that thousands of Asian Ugandans must leave Uganda. This gave rise to several thousand refugees travelling to Britain (despite attempts by the then-government to relocate them to overseas British territories). This anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on the development of British refugee policies over the intervening years. How have the attitudes of Britons changed over these 50 years? How has policy evolved? And what influence does xenophobia command now in comparison to the past? In addressing these questions, the talk will delve into some of the research conducted into the situation of Asian Ugandans in the 1970s and compare this with current developments.

Our speaker is Dr Nick Gill of Exeter University. Nick is a political geographer. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Geography with Economics in 2000. Following the award of his PhD in 2008 he was a lecturer in geography at Lancaster University, moving to take up a position as Lecturer in Human Geography at Exeter in 2010 and being promoted to Professor of Human Geography in 2016

This event is free and all are welcome, although we do ask for a voluntary contribution (in cash please) to help cover speakers' costs.

Academic sources:

Bristow, M., Adams, B. N., & Pereira, C. (1975). Ugandan Asians in Britain, Canada, and India: Some Characteristics and Resources. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 4(2), 155-166.

Bristow, M., & Adams, B. N. (1977). Ugandan Asians and the housing market in Britain. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 6(1-2), 65-77.

Herbert, J. (2009). Oral histories of Ugandan Asians in Britain: gendered identities in the diaspora. Contemporary South Asia, 17(1), 21-32.

Mamdani, M. (2011). From citizen to refugee: Uganda Asians come to Britain. Fahamu/Pambazuka.

O'brien, J. (1973). General Amin and the Uganda Asians: Doing the Unthinkable. The Round Table, 63(249), 91-104.

Ward, R. H. (1973). What future for the Uganda Asians?. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2(4), 372-378.


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