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Seminar series
Challenging Europe

ULIP is delighted to welcome Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Research Director at COMPAS (Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, University of Oxford), as the speaker for the next seminar in our Challenging Europe series.

Under the title, the Making and Unmaking of Citizenship, Prof Anderson will explore the impact of immigration controls – both positive and negative - on UK citizens. With the triggering of article 50 impending and the fate of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in Europe set to play a key role in the UK’s exit negotiations from the EU, the evening will offer a chance to reflect on one of the most pressing and most personal questions raised by the Brexit vote to date. The seminar will be chaired by ULIP and QMUL's newly appointed Professor of International Politics, Engin Isin

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating evening of debate and discussion.


Immigration controls tend to be imagined as primarily of consequence for non-citizens, and of relevance to citizens principally in terms of affording them protection (against terrorism, labour market encroachment, welfare state erosion). In this presentation I will explore the multiple and increasing negative impacts that immigration controls have on UK citizens. In the context of Brexit there are attempts to foreground the situation of the ‘white working class’ as demanding the sacrifice of migrants’ rights. I will argue that in practice, hostility towards migrants is reflected in hostility towards those on welfare benefits and that what is bad for ‘migrants’ is by no means good for ‘citizens’.


18:00 - Registration 
18:30 – Lecture and Discussion 
20:00 – Drinks Reception

The event is free but numbers are limited; please register in advance to reserve your place: Click here

Speaker Biography

Bridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Research Director at COMPAS. She has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is the author of Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour (Zed Books, 2000). She co-edited Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy with Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2012) The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013), and Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Bridget has explored the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights, and pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors. Her interest in labour demand has meant an engagement with debates about trafficking and modern day slavery, which in turn led to an interest in state enforcement and deportation, and in the ways immigration controls increasingly impact on citizens as well as on migrants. Bridget has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.

Seminar Series

This seminar forms part of our Challenging Europe: European Politics in Focus Seminar Series, a University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) joint seminar series. The series looks at the current challenges facing Europe and offering a lively forum for debate and discussion for all and any interested parties.

The seminar features leading academics from both QMUL and ULIP, many of whom will be involved in the teaching of ULIP's new MA International Relations

The seminar series continues throughout the spring:  

Thursday 5 May

Perspectives on the French Presidential Elections: A roundtable discussion