On Immigration and Refugees

On Immigration and Refugees

On Immigration and Refugees

On Immigration and Refugees

Synopsis

Michael Dummett, philosopher and social critic, is also one of the sharpest and most prominent commentators and campaigners for the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees in Britain and Europe. This book insightfully draws together his thoughts on this major issue for the first time.Exploring the confused and often highly unjust thinking about immigration, Dummett then carefully questions the principles and justifications governing state policies, pointing out that they often conflict with the rights of refugees as laid down by the Geneva Convention. With compelling and often moving examples, On Immigration and Refugees points a new way forward for humane thinking and practice about a problem we cannot afford to ignore.

Excerpt

At the invitation of Routledge and the series editors, I have tried in this book to bring together two things that interest me: philosophy and the politics of race, something I had never thought of doing before. From 1950 to 1992 I devoted myself professionally to philosophy, teaching it and writing about it. I have continued to write and lecture about it since my retirement in the latter year. But I have had for all my adult life an especial loathing of racial prejudice and its social manifestations. After some little experience of these on visits to the United States - I was in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1956 during the bus boycott which first brought Dr Martin Luther King to national prominence, and was a rank-and-file member of the Congress On Racial Equality on visits to California - in 1964 I became involved, together with my wife Ann, in the struggle against racism in Britain. For four years I devoted every minute that I could spare to that struggle; I carried out my teaching duties, but abandoned all attempt at creative work in philosophy. The affliation to the national Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD) of the local group of which I was co-founder - the Oxford Committee for Racial Integration (OCRI), whose first paid officer my wife later became - brought me into CARD and soon on to its executive committee.

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