Open Borders : The Case Against Immigration Controls
This work assesses the impact of the increasing severity of border controls since they were first introduced and makes the controversial case for their abolition. It focuses on postwar immigration controls, especially the use of such controls against the peoples of former European colonies and East Europeans, and their effects on asylum seekers. It examines the recent history of European coordination of border controls and the notion of "Fortress Europe". Hayter argues that the existence of controls leads to great suffering and abuse of human rights, and that immigration controls are racist and help legitimate racism. She also shows that immigration controls have actually had a limited impact on controlling numbers. To illustrate her arguments, she draws on empirical material, especially from Britain in the 1980s and 1990s, relating in particular to the use of detention, arbitrary decision-making and the denial of benefits. She compares British government policies with policies elsewhere in Europe and calls for the free movement of people and the abolition of border controls.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 134.6 x 215.1 x 14.2mm | 348.35g
- 01 Oct 2000
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- bibliography, index
"The strongest part of this book is the account of the hypocrisy, faithlessness, demagogy, moral indifference and, at times, outright cruelty shown by different British Governments on this issue since the 1960's. Ms Hayter provides a terrible indictment of modern British immigration policy. Government seem keener to appeal to the ineradicable British vice, xenophobia, than to the ineradicable British virtue, a sense of fair play. The sad story of hostility to immigrants points to the conclusion: democracy is no guarantee of humanity - or good sense." -- The Economist
About Teresa Hayter
Teresa Hayter is an activist and writer who in recent years has been active in a variety of anti-racist campaigns and organisations opposed to the injustices of detention without trial of migrants and refugees.