|Dates:||27 January 2015|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, General public|
Mr. Jon Spencer, Senior Lecturer in Criminology University of Manchester
Title: Becoming Undocumented and Staying Undocumented: The Routes to Irregularity and No Way Back
This seminar reports on the outcomes of an ESRC Impact Accelerator Award (IAA) on the Rights of Undocumented Migrants. The seminar will explore the following areas: How migrants become undocumented, the experiences of being undocumented, the problem of policy engagement and impacting on policy direction and development.
The routes to being undocumented, or irregular, are many and are these are out of the control of the individual in many cases. Legal changes, rule changes and changes to status that all appear a little haphazard are common. The asylum system works as a highly discretionary system with many involved in the process feeling powerless and lacking autonomy. This seminar will explore these issues and report on the experiences of the respondents who were part of the IAA project. One of the key aims of the project was to have an impact on policy. The seminar will explore the different routes to impact that the project engaged in and ask questions about how feasible it is to attempt policy change in an area that is politically highly charged and publicly presented through a hostile discourse. The findings from the research suggest that potentially new ways could be successful in policy engagement.
Travel and Contact Information
Humanities Bridgeford Street