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    Immigration raids and racist state violence

    Bhatia, Monish and Burnett, J. (2022) Immigration raids and racist state violence. State Crime Journal 11 (1), pp. 33-51. ISSN 2046-6056.

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    This article develops an analysis of contemporary immigration raids in Britain, arguing that they operate ideologically as well as institutionally to sustain the material and political conditions of what is a vastly unequal form of social order (that is also a form of racial order). It suggests that immigration raids are located within and develop understandings of a racial state in contemporary Britain. Drawing on ethnographic work at a migrant charity organization, it explains the raid process and its impact on individuals and families. Raids are rationalized as facilitating removal and more broadly operate as part of attempts to generate fear and encourage people to leave “voluntarily.” However, this is not achieved in many cases, and this article suggests that the real purpose of raids is to dominate and oppress illegalized migrants and those who may be vulnerable to immigration control, as well as reproducing the justification for immigration enforcement. Raids can be understood as inflicting harms and as a form of state-sanctioned racist violence which is utilized to try severing solidarities between communities. Enforcement leads to resistance and the conclusion reflects on resistance to raids, demonstrated for example by the 2021 Kenmure Street protest in Glasgow, and the solidarities such resistance ferments and sustains.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Home Office, hostile environment, ICE, immigration enforcement, migrants, racist violence, raids, statecraft.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Monish Bhatia
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 05:18
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:17


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