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The UK’s ‘hostile environment’ has moved into a new phase of state violence but public resistance to it is growing

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Publication date29/06/2022
Place of PublicationBolzano (South Tyrol), Italy
PublisherEURAC Research Science Blogs
EditionMobile People & Diverse Societies
Media of outputOnline
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Recent months have seen a new phase of anti-immigrant policymaking in the UK, characterised by a shift in deportations away from predominantly targeting foreign nationals with a criminal record to targeting refugees regardless of whether they committed a crime or not. UK government rhetoric on immigration, whilst having peddled xenophobia for at least a decade, now focuses distinctly on criminalising refugees who arrived via unregulated routes and the Home secretary famously threatened to push back migrant boats into the English channel using military force.