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Immigration ought to be understood in the context of global economic injustice

By Rowan Williams   October 2013


A parody of the government’s poster campaign targeting illegal immigrants, which “provoked fierce reactions.” (© Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century by Paul Collier (Allen Lane, £20)

In early summer, a poster campaign was launched in London to encourage illicit immigrants to return home. It provoked fierce reactions, not least from those who saw it as colluding with an assumption that immigrants are guilty until proved innocent. Others welcomed it as a move to bring into proper public focus a subject…

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