Deportation is Freedom! The Orwellian World of Immigration Controls


Deportation is Freedom! The Orwellian World of Immigration Controls is a searing critique of today’s immigration systems. Former barrister Steve Cohen declares that these systems are deeply flawed, and takes a fresh look at the ethical and political problems that surround this controversial subject.

Cohen proposes that current immigration controls are so inherently racist and irrational that they require the creative dystopian ideas contained within George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four to adequately describe them. He seeks to understand the irrationality of these controls – complete with their own brand of newspeak, doublethink, memory holes and thought police – and undertakes an incisive critique of immigration controls, revealing the nightmare world in which refugees, migrants and immigrants find themselves. The book also scrutinizes the latest developments in UK immigration legislation and compares and contrasts the UK experience with that of other countries.

Deportation is Freedom! is a lively yet thought-provoking read that will captivate anyone who cares about the immigration systems that are shaping our world today. It will be of particular interest to social workers, lawyers, social policy makers and all people politically engaged in immigration campaigning.

Related story:

  • Steve Cohen,” Interview by Juliet Rix, The Guardian, October 26, 2005.

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