Perspectives: Migrants: Always the Scapegoats?

Fri 17 July 2020

Perspectives: Migrants: Always the Scapegoats?

It is with great regret that for the first time in forty years we must cancel the Buxton International Festival in July 2020. This is an enormous disappointment but the health and well-being of our audience, our volunteers, the BIF team and all the artists involved is of primary concern. By taking this difficult decision now we are safeguarding the Festival for the Future. Read our full statement here.

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Set against the backdrop of rising populism  the issue of managing immigration is so central to our politics. It is therefore important now, more than ever, to dismantle tropes and clichés surrounding migration and immigration and to enhance public understanding of such complex and sensitive issues. In this Perspectives, Peter Gatrell and Maya Goodfellow lead a timely discussion on contemporary immigration policies and public attitudes, the UK and the ‘hostile environment’, and the impact of migration and mobility across post-war Europe.

Professor Peter Gatrell FBA Professor of Economic History, University of Manchester and the author of The Unsettling of Europe 

Maya Goodfellow Writer and Academic, and the Author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats

Chair: Ian Muir-Cochrane