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The Legacies of the 1962 and 1971 Immigration Acts: Historians and Lawyers in conversation

21 October 2021 - 16:00 pm - 17:30 pm

Online-via Zoom

Hosted by the School of Advanced Study's AHRC-funded Windrush oral history project and the Institute of Historical Research's History & Policy network, this special round table discussion for Black History Month considers the legacies of the 1962 Commonwealth Immigrants Act and the 1971 Immigration Act from historical and legal perspectives. The acts created a web of restrictions and obligations, further complicated by subsequent amendments, the nature of which continues to cause confusion even to specialists in this area. They provided the legal backdrop to the Windrush scandal in which many people from BAME communities found their right to live in the UK challenged by agents of the state. An expert panel will attempt to disentangle this issue, considering the intended and unintended consequences of the two acts.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Nadine El-Enany (Birkbeck), author of '(B)ordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire' (2020)
  • Dr Ian Sanjay Patel (LSE), author of 'We're Here Because You Were There: Immigration and the End of Empire' (2021)
  • Colin Yeo (Barrister – Garden Court Chambers), author of ‘Welcome to Britain: Fixing our Broken Immigration System’ (2020)

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History & Policy and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, SAS

16:00 pm - 17:30 pm

Online-via Zoom
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