Magazine article New Internationalist

A Suitable Enemy Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Suitable Enemy Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe

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A Suitable Enemy Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe by Liz Fekete (Pluto Press ISBN 978074532792)

In his foreword to this survey of EU immigration, asylum and security policies, A Sivanandan writes: ?Facts do not speak for themselves - not in an age of disinformation, spin and deceit.? In such diminished times we are fortunate to have commentators such as Liz Fekete to sift through the mediated dross that passes for debate and show what actually informs policy making.

Fekete argues that the far right has framed the political discourse on immigration: its assertions that asylum seekers are a threat, and its conflation of Islam with terrorism, have been accepted by mainstream opinion and propagated by both populist politicians and an irresponsible media. Tightening of European immigration criteria has gone in lockstep with ever more draconian policies on asylum seekers. Legislation introduced to ? …

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