UPD Seminar by Dr Reece Jones on ‘Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move’, 11 October 2016
Contributed by Jeanne Firth
Dr Jones traces the history of human movement and the relationship to the state: from pre-statehood to the Magna Carta, to the restrictions on movement of formerly enslaved people, to the English Poor Laws. Debates about the relationship between the state and citizenship became (and likely remain) key, with the eventual development of documents as a way to make distinctions between citizens. Despite the promises of the Statue of Liberty in New York (‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free’), policies such as the Chinese Exclusion Act 1882, Immigration Act of 1924 and Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 continued to limit the movement of certain groups of people.