Discussions about Brexit typically focus on trade and ignore the lives and movement of people. The forces behind Brexit fit within a broader, global trend towards more authoritarian restrictions on human freedom. Chis Gilligan will draw attention to the human dimensions of immigration restrictions throughout the region, and will argue that immigration is going to be more restricted by Brexit. Grassroots movements for human freedom in existing pro-immigrant campaigns are to be highlighted.
Chris Gilligan is a professor of sociology in Scotland and has been active in pro-migrant issues for more than a decade. He is a founding member of Open Borders Scotland. He is the author of Northern Ireland and the crisis of anti-racism (Manchester University Press, 2017).