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The Impact of the UK Immigration Act on Housing and Public Services

Friday 8th June 2018, 10am-16.15pm

University of St Andrews


 9.30 – 10.00       Registration & Coffee

10.00- 10.05       Kim McKee (Chair), University of St Andrews – Welcome

10.05 – 11.00     Hannah Jones, University of Warwick
‘Go Home – whose home? How both immigration and the ‘hostile
environment’ are ordinary in the UK

11.00 – 12.15     Sharon Leahy, University of St Andrews
‘Propelling Precarity through the Immigration Act’

David Robinson, University of Sheffield
‘Migration, Housing and Marginality in England: a retreat into the past’

12.15 – 13.00     Lunch

13.00 – 14.15     David McCollum, University of St Andrews
‘Patterns and Perceptions of Migration, How Distinct is Scotland?

Eloise Nutbrown, COSLA
Title TBC

14.15 – 15.00    Anna Pearce, ASH Project
‘The Hole is Getting Deeper’

15.00 – 15.15    Coffee

15.15 – 16.00    Regina Serpa, Heriot-Watt University
‘Second Class Citizens? The Experience of Homeless EEA Nationals in
the UK and Brexit’

16.00 – 16.15   Conclusions


To register please email Kim McKee (km410@st-andrews.ac.uk). Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with registration closing 21st May 2018. This is a free event and lunch and coffee will be provided on the day. Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements.


A small number of travel bursaries (up to £50) are available for delegates to support attendance at this event. Please indicate in your registration whether you would like to be considered for one. Priority will be given to early-career researchers.




Call for Papers: The Impact of the UK Immigration Act on Housing and Public Services

Date: Friday 8th June 2018

Venue: University of St Andrews

Organisers: Dr Kim McKee, University of St Andrews (km410@st-andrews.ac.uk) and Dr Sharon Leahy, University of St Andrews (sl65@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Keynote speakers: Dr Hannah Jones (University of Warwick), Dr Sharon Leahy (University of St Andrews), Eloise Nutbrown (COSLA), Prof. David Robinson (University of Sheffield)

Funded by: the Housing Studies Association

Papers are invited for a one-day symposium that explores the impact of the UK Immigration Act 2016 on housing and other public services. This legislation (building on the 2014 Act) has ushered in a wave of measures that seek to widen the net of border securitisation, place the responsibility for this securitisation onto UK citizens, and create a ‘hostile environment’ for undocumented migrants.  Harsher penalties and sanctions have been brought into place for those who may employ, rent, or provide public services (such as maternity care) to those who are undocumented. More powers have also been given to enforcement officers, with the Home Office increasingly adopting a ‘deport first, appeal later’ approach to immigration matters. Yet these measures not only affect migrants, but also British citizens who are perceived to not sound or look ‘British’, resulting in them not being offered properties to rent, jobs that are available, or indeed access to services they are entitled to.  Early research suggests this is exacerbating already existing inequalities and heightening discrimination towards migrants, and black and minority ethnic groups more generally. Researchers, students, activists, policymakers and practitioners are invited to critically engage with these matters further.  Papers are encouraged on topics including (but not limited to):

  • How the legislation is negatively impacting undocumented migrants (and inadvertently British citizens) across different public services (e.g. NHS, banking, education, private housing)
  • How the legislation is contributing to the stigmatisation and othering of migrants.
  • How this legislation is changing how the UK border is being policed and managed.
  • The possible implications of this legislation for social division, discrimination, and racial profiling.
  • The impacts of the legislation on British citizens who do not possess relevant paperwork to document their citizenship (e.g. passport, driving licence)
  • The impacts the results of this legislation are having on NGOs, service providers and carers
  • Given immigration is a reserved power of the UK government, and most social policy areas are devolved, what does this legislation mean for relationships within and between different scales of government?


Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to Kim McKee (km410@st-andrews.ac.uk) by 26th April 2018. We particularly encourage contributions from both early career researchers, and colleagues in policy and practice.

If you wish to attend the event as a delegate, please register by emailing: km410@st-andrews.ac.uk  Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with registration closing 14th May 2018.  This is a free event and lunch will be provided on the day.



A small number of travel bursaries (£75) are available to those whose abstract is accepted.  Please indicate in your email when submitting your abstract if you wish to be considered for one. Priority will be given to early career researchers.




CMR Inaugural Event: February 16, 2018

We are very happy to announce that the inaugural event of the Centre for Minorities Research will take place on 16th February 2018, 1-4pm, at Parliament Hall. The Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews Professor Sally Mapstone will open the event and the keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Philomena Essed, Antioch University, known for her outstanding work on ‘everyday racism’ and gender studies. Members of the CMR board will engage in a panel discussion.

Drinks will follow!

All welcome!



University of Verona, Centre for Ethnographic Research and Applied Anthropology

We are very happy to announce the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, Centre for Ethnographic Research and Applied Anthropology (Centro di Ricerche Etnografiche e di Antropologia Applicata “Francesca Cappelletto” – CREAa) and the Centre for Minorities Research, University of St Andrews

The general purpose is to acknowledge a mutual desire to establish specific educational relations and cooperation between the two Institutions in order to promote academic and scientific links through the sharing of ideas and teaching practices, and to promote sustainable academic activity and international education.

New Logo

We would like to thank Metin Şanalan (System Support Engineer & Computer Engineer) for his imaginative contribution towards the CMR logo!


LGBT History Forum

LGBT History Forum to celebrate LGBT History month in the University of St Andrews – 23rd February 2018 – Byre Theatre Studio (Support from Saints LGB, the History Society, the School of History and Kate Ferris, head of Equality and Diversity committee, School of History).

Visiting Scholar

We are proud to announce the arrival of Dr Stefania Pontrandolfo, visiting scholar from University of Verona. Dr. Pontradolfo’s work focuses on Roma minorities in Italy. She will be joining us in St Andrews and working with the Center for Minorities Research from 25 July until 15 September 2017.

Welcome Note

Welcome to the Centre for Minorities Research! This is a platform to encourage dialogue and public engagement with minority matters. In this section you will find updates regarding future events. During the ‘nurturing’ year of CMR we plan the launch event and a series of exciting lectures, meetings and public outreach.

Please feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas for future events and collaborations!

Stay tuned!