The Mapping Immigration Controversy project has been immensely rewarding and it has been a huge privilege to work closely with so many inspiring community organisations and activist networks, and to have had the opportunity to listen to the views, feelings and experiences of local residents across England, Scotland and Wales. This research project simply would not have been possible without the input of around a hundred research participants. We are indebted to these local residents and activists for their candidness, their willingness to engage with our questions, giving up hours at a time to provide the insights that have formed the backbone of our research findings. In each area we worked closely with and through a number of inspiring community partners who have persisted with their support work, service provision and lobbying as well as finding energy and time to input into projects like ours irrespective of this particular difficult period of immigration controls and anti-immigrant sentiments. In particular, we would like to thank Rita Chadha at the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London; Meena Patel, Sonja Kapalay and Pragna Patel at Southall Black Sisters; the Foundation for Refugee Education; Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group; Mike Quiggin and Bal Athwal at Bradford Resource Centre; Bradford Immigration and Asylum Support and Advice Network; Sunny Omwenyeke, Alison Graham, Saqlain Shah and Boniface Mambwe at Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association; Dave Stamp at the Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team in Birmingham; the Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group; the Hope Project; and Robina Qureshi and Sunny Singh from Positive Action in Housing. We would also like to thank Michael Keith for his help with access to policy officers who provided insights into the logic of immigration control and rhetoric for government. As a counterpoint, we benefited from rich exchanges with a number of activists and activist networks and we would particularly like to thank Margaret Woods at the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, John Wilkes at the Scottish Refugee Council, Phill Jones at the The Unity Centre, Wilf Sullivan at the Trade Unions Congress, Suresh Grover at The Monitoring Group, Harsev Bains at the Indian Workers Association (GB), and Guy Taylor and Charlotte Peel at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. In addition to those already mentioned, others helped us to organise local feedback sessions and parliamentary discussions that were vital for getting the findings out there. For this we would like to thank Gary Christie at the Scottish Refugee Council, Amal Azzudin, Janpal Basran at the Southall Community Alliance, and Don Flynn at Migrants’ Rights Network. The original research proposal was developed in close discussion with Rita Chadha at the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London and supported throughout by a number of project partners and advisory group members who we wish to thank for their enthusiasm, energy and foresight in helping us prepare, plan and deliver a fast-paced response to a contentious contemporary issue: Alison Phipps at Glasgow University/GRAMNet; Omar Khan at the Runnymede Trust; Graham O’Neill at the Scottish Refugee Council; Jason Bergen and Nazek Ramadan at Migrant Voice; Ben Gidley at COMPAS, Oxford University and now at Birkbeck, University of London; Les Back at Goldsmiths, University of London; Nira Yuval-Davis at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, UEL; Nasar Meer at Strathclyde University; John Solomos at the University of Warwick; Sophie Wickham at Refugee Action. We were very fortunate to have ended our project with a wonderful interdisciplinary and collaborative conference and we thank the speakers, performers and participants for making it so inspiring, accessible and relevant. In addition to those already mentioned, we are thankful for the creative interventions of Alexander D. Great (who put our thoughts to music), Zodwa Nyoni, Maisie Tomlinson, and Hope Projects, and speakers Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford; Georgie Wemyss, University of East London; Hannah Lewis, University of Sheffield; Heaven Crawley, University of Coventry; and Alexandria Innes, University of East Anglia. We especially thank Samantha Asumadu, the Feminist Filmmaker, for producing a brilliant short film about the project that perfectly encapsulates the key messages from the research and has become a great resource for teaching and communication. Last but not least, thanks to Tom Dark at MUP for being an imaginative and supporting commissioning editor, helping us to put together an accessible and, we hope, engaging book that so that we can make our research available and open to the wider world as well as the researchers, students and colleagues we hope will find it useful.

We thank and acknowledge funding from the ESRC; this work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council grant number ES/L008971/1. We would also like to thank the University of Warwick Library for funding which has enabled us to make the online version of this book available for free and open access.

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The politics of immigration controversies


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