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The Cambridge Migration Society Graduate Migration Research Series: Electronic Tagging of Asylum Seekers in the UK

When Nov 27, 2018
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Alison Richard Building S3
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The Cambridge Migration Society presents its first Graduate Migration Research Series seminar of this year


Devika Ranjan, masters student, Applied Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


Discussant: Julius Rogenhofer, Dept of Sociology, Cambridge

More information can be found here.

While the electronic tagging of asylum-seekers is often considered a humane alternative to detention, it is actually a tactic of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ that deeply constricts an individual’s physical, psychological, and social freedom. This talk discusses the experiences of asylum-seekers who have been electronically tagged— their struggles and their methods of resistance. The apparatus neglects asylum-seekers and their cases through bureaucratic loopholes, lack of accountability, enforced paranoia, and dehumanization. Within the community, asylum-seekers are unable to work, volunteer, or participate in civil society because of the tag. Yet despite the psychological trauma and physical restrictions, electronically tagged asylum-seekers fight against this socio-political oppression through everyday and extraordinary acts.  


The GMRSS offers postgraduate students currently engaged in research on migration an opportunity to present their work, get feedback, and meet other graduate colleagues working on similar issues. Presenters are from any field/discipline/university and similarly, we welcome attendees from across the university.

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