Lets talk about migration

Samphire’s blog provides a space for migrants in the UK from a wide range of backgrounds to tell their stories and have their voices heard. The new blog will launch at The University of Kent’s Festival of Projections.  Bamidele, an ex-detainee and refugee, who was given compensation for his treatment whilst in immigration detention in…

Refugees Then and Now: A Story for Our Times by Rod Edmond

I’m writing a book about the East Kent coast, its history, geography and cultures.  I’m particularly interested in how this coast has long been seen as the nation’s front line, with Dover as ‘the key to England.’  The refugee crisis has made this so again, with calls to strengthen the border and for a new…

A German migrant in the UK: Dr Soeren Keil’s Story

Writing this blog, I break one of the very sacrosanct rules of academic blogging. I am going to get personal. Not in a mean way to attack anyone, and not in a way that enforces my view on things on other people. I am going to get personal, because for the first time in my…

Leslie Brent’s Story

I am very glad that Samphire have asked me to contribute to their blog. I admire the awareness raising work they are doing in Dover, and I believe they are right in thinking that my own experiences as a child refugee have some bearing on the dire situation confronting Europe now. The UK government has…

Bamidele’s Story: The Facts

After reading Bamidele’s story you may wonder why he was able to claim compensation from the government for his time in detention and why it took so many attempts before his valid asylum claim was recognised. Compensation after Detention In a 2015 a parliamentary inquiry was held to look into Britain’s detention policies. This inquiry concluded that…

Bamidele’s Story

I was born in Ibadan the capital of Oyo State, Nigeria. As an adult I was engaged with politics and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. I held a number of political offices and was a youth leader. Following this I was nominated to be the chairman of the Ibadan South East local government….