Latest Issue

The mental gymnastics of the anti-migrant brigade

It's becoming more popular to claim that because asylum seekers put money in the coffers of illegal traffickers, we should crack down on migrants entirely. But that flattens the complex human questions at stake

By Rik Worth  

Migrants wearing face masks and life jackets being brought on shore by the border force at Dover port. Increasing numbers of migrants have been sailing in small boats out of French territorial waters into the English Channel where they are legally brought ashore by the UK border force. The migrants are then able to seek for asylum in the UK. (Photo by Edward Crawford / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

The debate over asylum seekers illegally crossing the channel is bringing out the worst xenophobia in our politicians, media and the public. And it’s also generating some creative arguments. In the Telegraph, Emma Webb, director of the Forum on Integration, Democracy and Extremism at think tank Civitas contends that cracking down on those fleeing isn’t monstrous; it’s our moral duty. She states that in the current system, once sea-battered migrants arrive,…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect