Growing academic campaign against immigration rules


Growing academic campaign against immigration rules

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Written by: Frances Webber


Thirty-seven academics have begun a boycott of government immigration rules on students, labelling them as discriminatory.

Under the new points-based immigration system, universities require academic and administrative staff to monitor the attendance of international students and to check the ID of students and colleagues. The thirty-seven academics involved in the boycott, who describe themselves as being ‘involved in research on the uses and abuses of state power’, claim that the rules effectively turn them into immigration police.

In a letter sent to the Guardian last week, the academics argued that: ‘The implementation of UK immigration policies is not part of our contractual duties and we will play no part in practices which discriminate against students and staff in this way’.

In addition to the boycott, the University and College Union (UCU) branches at Goldsmiths and Manchester Metropolitan universities have passed separate motions calling on staff to refrain from implementing these regulations. Both motions are due before the UCU National Executive at its forthcoming national conference.

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Footnotes: [1] Donald L.Horowitz, in The Deadly Ethnic Riot (University of California Press, 2003) argues that in those Romanian villages where anti-Roma violence took place in the years 1990-1997, it was frequently the case that only the homes of those considered 'troublemakers' were set on fire. See also István Haller, 'Lynching is not a crime: mob violence against Roma in post-Ceausescu Romania', 7 July 2004. [2] The media gives two versions of the family name, both pronounced in the same way. Daga is probably the correct version. [3] See www.limanowa.in, in particular, 'Tylko eksmisja moze zapobiec tragedii', 26 July 2010. [4] Bożena Wojtas, 'Limanowa: konfliktowi Romowie zostana przesiedleni', Gazeta Krakowska, 26 July 2010. [5] 'Po próbie samosadu przenosza romska rodzine', 27 July 2010. [6] So-called containers (kontenery socjalne) are widely used as low-standard social housing in Poland. [7] 'A few locations are being considered. No particulars were disclosed. All the local authorities agree, however, that it must be a solitary spot', 'Eksmisja przesadzona, czas rozliczyc postawe policji!', 27 July 2010. [8] 'Limanowa: Romowie nie chca kontenera', 30 July 2010. [9] According to the entry by Alexander W Pisciotta, in the Encyclopaedia of Race and Crime (eds Helen Taylor Greene and Shaun L Gabiddon, Sage, 2009), lynching 'involves mob violence that is done under the guise of vigilante justice ... lynch mobs did not always kill their victims'. [10] 'Tylko eksmisja moze zapobiec tragedii', 26 July 2010. [11] B. Wojtas, P. Odorczuk, 'Limanowa: spór grozil linczem. Udalo sie znalezc kompromis', 27 July 2010. [12] Koszary is a small village in the Limanowa district, with a significant number of Roma among its inhabitants. [13] 'Konflikt sie odrodzil: zamieszki na ulicy Witosa w Limanowej', 23 July 2010. [14] 'Eksmisja przesadzona, czas rozliczyc postawe policji!', 27 July 2010. [15] The video accompanying the article Po próbie samosadu przenosza romska rodzine', 27 July 2010. [16] 'Chuliganstwa i warcholstwa nic nie usprawiedliwia', 26 July 2010. [17] 'W Limanowej to nie jest konflikt etniczny', an interview with Elzbieta Mirga-Wójtowicz, Gazeta Wyborcza Kraków, 26 July 2010. [18] See B. Wojtas, P. Odorczuk, 'Limanowa: spór grozil linczem. Udalo sie znalezc kompromis', 27 July 2010. [19] The video accompanying the article, 'Po próbie samosadu przenosza romska rodzine', 27 July 2010. [20] The Society of Roma in Poland, as well as another well-known Polish NGO, Open Republic - Association against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia, are among the exceptions. See the Declaration of the Council of Management of the Society of Roma in Poland on the conflict in Limanowa, 26 July 2010. The Open Republic Association has republished on its website a newspaper article about the violence and stated that the events in Limanowa 'caused it anxiety' and that 'in such circumstances it is easy to awake sleeping spectres and to provoke the hatred and aggression of the crowd', 3 August 2010. [21] The words 'punitive action' come from the article 'Tylko eksmisja moze zapobiec tragedii', 26 July 2010. [22] Stosunek Polaków do innych narodów, (pdf file 372kb), January 2010. [23] Postawy wobec Romów w Polsce, Czechach, na Wegrzech i Slowacji, (pdf file 140kb), June 2008.


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