Film focus on migration and borders at University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Oct 28, 2015 03:55 PM |
Event on Wednesday October 28 is free and open to public

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office

A story of migration and borders is to be told at the University of Leicester.

The University’s Leicester Migration Network is screening and hosting a discussion of ‘Everyday Borders’ on Wednesday October 28 at 6pm

The event is free and open to the public and takes place in the Attenborough Building, room 206.

Leicester Migration Network brings together a dynamic group of migration scholars from a range of fields across the University as well as partners in the city. Convened by Leah Bassel (Department of Sociology), this group explores migratory phenomena in all their complexity, ranging from traditional cross-border movements to new forms of transnational flows and exchanges.

Everyday Borders (dir. Orson Nava) was made by Migrants' Rights Network (MRN), UEL, Southall Black Sisters, RAMFEL and a number of other migrants’ rights groups.

This film screening will be an opportunity to discuss some of the aspects of the new immigration legislation and new requirements for different professions to act as border guards when performing their jobs:

“'Everyday Borders' sets out what is happening in our towns and communities as the business of immigration control extends beyond borders to the relationships that exist in workplaces, the times we use public services like the NHS, as we move around our high streets and public transport systems” – MRN

The panel-led discussion following the screening will be chaired by Leah Bassel (Department of Sociology) and will include:

  • Don Flynn, Director, Migrants' Rights Network
  • Tahera Khan, The Race Equality Centre, Leicester
  • Karen Chouhan, Leicester Organiser, Workers Educational Association and Chair of Healthwatch Leicester
  • Maria Rovisco, Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester

Don Flynn, Director, Migrants' Rights Network, said:

"Over the past few years government has been moving immigration controls away from airports and borders and reconfiguring them in our local communities. Access to jobs, the right to open bank accounts, to rent accommodation, and in the future even to drive cars is dependent on immigration status.

"What are the implications of erecting these 'everyday borders' for the cohesion of our neighbourhoods? Who can expect to be challenged to prove their immigration status as they move through local communities?  What dangers should we expect to see for new forms of discrimination arising from these measures?

"The questions are all discussed in the film 'Everyday Borders' and will be discussed by an expert panel at the event.'

More information on the Leicester Migration Network:


For interviews contact:

Dr Leah Bassel
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology
Assistant Editor, Citizenship Studies
University of Leicester


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