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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: Hostile environment: challenging anti-immigration myths by Dr Maya Goodfellow

Dr Maya Goodfellow, Writer and Academic

Date/Time: Thursday 12 November 2020, 17:30 - 18:15

Hosted by Professor Sally Shortall, with introduction from Professor Angharad Gatehouse

Tracing the history of the UK’s immigration debate, Dr Goodfellow will look at legislation that was introduced from the 1960s and how it was tied up with Empire. This lecture will consider how distinct forms of racism were reproduced by the party-political left and right, and will examine the impact this had on people who moved, or tried to move, to this country.

Maya Goodfellow's book, Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Become Scapegoats, is available to buy now from our university bookseller Blackwell's.


Dr Maya Goodfellow is a writer, academic and broadcast commentator.  She is the author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats. She has written for a range of publications, including the New York Times, Guardian and the Washington Post. She regularly appears on the BBC and Sky News. She has a PhD from SOAS, University of London, and her work looked at race and racism in British international development discourse.

Live Q&A:

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker. You can submit a question in advance by sending an email to or during the event using YouTube Live Chat or via Twitter @InsightsNCL.

This event will be hosted on YouTube, registration is not required.