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Open Borders: The Case Against Immigration Controls

Open Borders: The Case Against Immigration Controls

ISBN 9780745322445
Edition 2 Revised edition
Publisher Pluto Press
Author(s)
Overview
In this new edition of Open Borders, Teresa Hayter assesses the impact of the increasing severity of border controls since they were first introduced & makes the controversial case for their abolition. Hayter focuses on postwar immigration controls, especially the use of such controls against the peoples of former European colonies & East Europeans, and their effects on asylum seekers. She examines the recent history of European coordination of border controls & the notion of 'Fortress Europe'. Hayter argues that the existence of controls leads to great suffering & abuse of human rights, & that immigration controls are racist & help legitimate racism. She demonstrates 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 & 1990s, relating in particular to the use of detention, arbitrary decision-making & the denial of benefits. She compares British government policies with policies elsewhere in Europe & calls for the free movement of people & the abolition of border controls. The new edition brings this seminal work up to date with a lengthy preface expl

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