Clara Sandelind

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    “Safe return review” refugee policy: counter-productive and morally indefensible

“Safe return review” refugee policy: counter-productive and morally indefensible

Exploring the government’s new refugee policy, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Clara Sandelind, and Brid Ni Ghráinne argue that the process could prove to be damaging in multiple ways, all while not benefitting anyone. They conclude that it will be difficult to enforce, it will erode social cohesion, and will render the processes of integration meaningless.

Opposition has quickly risen against the government’s […]

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    How people identify with their country matters for whether or not they will perceive immigration as a threat

How people identify with their country matters for whether or not they will perceive immigration as a threat

Perceived threats to one’s national identity can explain a lot more about why people worry about the impact of immigration. In particular, those who identify with their country in an ethnic-cultural sense are more negative to immigration than those who have a civic national identity. Clara Sandelind explains.

Immigration is often regarded as a threat; a threat to a range of things from national […]

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    There is nothing inherently exclusionary about uniting around ‘British values’ that celebrate democratic institutions and liberalism

There is nothing inherently exclusionary about uniting around ‘British values’ that celebrate democratic institutions and liberalism

The Prime Minister’s proposal to teach ‘British values’ in primary and secondary schools was criticised for being exclusionary. Clara Sandelind suggests that it is indeed possible, and even desirable, to incorporate universal liberal values as part of a British identity. She points out that national pride in Britain is increasingly attached to pride in the way democracy works, and that such national pride can form the basis […]