Deportation is Freedom!
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Release Date:01 Sep 2005
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Deportation is Freedom!

The Orwellian World of Immigration Controls

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

This book is a searing critique of today's immigration systems. Former barrister Steve Cohen declares that these systems are deeply flawed, and takes a fresh look at the ethical and political problems that surround this controversial subject.

Cohen proposes that current immigration controls are so inherently racist and irrational that they require the creative dystopian ideas contained within George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four to adequately describe them. He seeks to understand the irrationality of these controls - complete with their own brand of newspeak, doublethink, memory holes and thought police - and undertakes an incisive critique of immigration controls, revealing the nightmare world in which refugees, migrants and immigrants find themselves. The book also scrutinizes the latest developments in UK immigration legislation and compares and contrasts the UK experience with that of other countries.

Deportation is Freedom! is a lively yet thought-provoking read that will captivate anyone who cares about the immigration systems that are shaping our world today. It will be of particular interest to social workers, lawyers, social policy makers and all people politically engaged in immigration campaigning.

Cohen's book is a polemic - a forthright attack on oppressive structures. It is visionary in its persistent grasp on the world without borders. It is a manifesto and a manual for those seeking strategies to overturn an inhumane and deadly absurdity. – British Journal of Social Work
'Cohen's book is a polemic, a forthright attack on oppressive structures. It is visionary in its persistent grasp of a world without borders. It is a manifesto and a manual for those seeking strategies to overturn an inhumane and deadly absurdity. – British Journal of Social Work
If you have ever read a book by Steve Cohen-, you really should. For over 25 years he has been unpicking the links between the appalling treatment of migrants, the betrayals of many who call themselves socialists, the role of racism, anti-semitism and the unwillingness to look our history in the eye. He is a respected immigration lawyer- one of the best - who has remained firm in his total opposition to immigration controls, a case which he has argued coherently and elegantly in many books. You have to buy this book. – Labour Left Briefing
Steve Cohen was an immigration lawyer for over 25 years and was Director of the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit. He studied law at Oxford and Birmingham and practised as a barrister. The author of Immigration Controls, the Family and the Welfare State, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and many academic, professional and political articles, he was actively involved in campaigns against immigration controls.
Preface: The Irrationality of Immigration Controls. 1. Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Immigration Controls: an Overview of Language and Politics. 2.Interactive Racism: How Immigration Controls Operate as a Gameshow. 3. Newspeak, New Labour and Old Racism: How Immigration Controls Corrupt Language. 4. From Newspeak to Amtssprache: How Racism is Sanitized by Bureaucratic Jargon). 5. From Amtssprache to Doublethink: How Bureaucratic Jargon Enforces Reality Control. 6. From Doublethink to the Programme that Dare Not Speak its Name: How Ideological Opposition to Immigration Control is Itself Controlled and Silenced. 7. Proles and Poor Laws: How the Undocumented are Outside the Welfare System. 8. We're All Immigration Officers Now: How Big Brother is Everywhere. 9. Through the Memory Hole: How History is Rewritten and the Deportees Forgotten). 10. From International Exploitation to International Resistance: How the Undocumented Fight Back Globally. 11. The Planet Without a Visa. Appendix 1. A Voice from the Aliens. Appendix 2. The Manifesto of the No-One is Illegal group. Endnotes. References. Index.
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