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The Brightest and the Best? Family Migration in Western Europe

3 May 2012

Middlesex University Law Debates 2012

The Brightest and the Best? Family Migration in Western Europe
Dr Helena Wray and Professor Satvinder Juss in conversation with Ziauddin Sadar, introduced by Professor Eleonore Kofman.

Wednesday 9 May
4-6pm
Hendon Town Hall Chamber
Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BG

The event will also include the launch of Helena Wray’s new book: Regulating Marriage Migration into the UK: A Stranger in the Home (Ashgate Publishing).

Confirm your place
If you are able to attend please rsvp to Christiana Frandzis c.frandzis@mdx.ac.uk who may also be able to reserve parking spaces. See our website for travel directions or to download a campus map. Light refreshments will be provided.

This is the final event in the series of debates entitled ‘Born Under One Law’: A Series of Challenging Conversations on Key Questions of Our Times.

The Brightest and the Best? Family Migration in Western Europe

This debate will examine some of the moral, legal and practical issues surrounding family migration. In many European countries, family migration is the dominant source of new entrants and is seen also as a direct challenge to states’ authority to accept or reject migrants according to instrumental criteria. Family migration is also often perceived as a regressive force, preventing the integration of communities of migrant origin. Further concerns include welfare dependency, family norms perceived as oppressive and its connection to the alleged failure of multiculturalism.

This debate will also cover the other side of this important issue rarely heard in public discourse. There is a long history in the UK of discrimination in the implementation of controls over the entry of family members. Restrictive policies cause distress, anger and alienation while giving rise to multiple and complex legal challenges. Yet the current UK government is likely to make entry of family members much more difficult in future.

Satvinder Juss is Professor of Law at King’s College London, a barrister and a part-time judge. He is the author of, amongst other works, International Migration and Global Justice.

Helena Wray teaches migration law at Middlesex University, and has researched and published extensively in this area, particularly in family migration.

Ziauddin Sardar, writer and critic, is Professor of Law and Society at Middlesex University and co-editor of Critical Muslim. His latest book is Reading the Qur’an.

Eleonore Kofman is Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship, Head of Research at the Department of Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University.

Find out more about the debates and speakers on the Middlesex University Law Debates website.

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