Debate – Hostile Environment: The Culture of Disbelief and Conscious Cruelty

6:00pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday 16th  May, Central United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JB

A ‘culture of disbelief’ in the Home Office has devastated the lives of many seeking asylum in the UK, but does it reflect a wider culture in our society? The way benefit claimants are treated has also been described as a process of ‘conscious cruelty’. Recent revelations concerning the treatment of the Windrush generation are arguably the tip of the iceberg. Refused asylum seekers have borne the brunt of the ‘hostile environment’ for many years.

In this public debate, expert speakers will set the context, and those who have suffered from our society’s lack of compassion, including a representative from the Windrush generation itself, will tell of their experiences.  A diverse panel will discuss the issues from a range of different perspectives, with opportunity for discussion and questions.

 The debate will include contributions from:

  • Prof Christina Beatty, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Ali Hussain, Solicitor Legal Justice
  • Dr Hannah Lewis, The University of Sheffield
  • Nigel Slack (to chair)
  • Tanya Simms.

The event will also be attended by representatives from local charities who support both migrants and benefits claimants who will participant in the Q&A session.

Get you free tickets here –  If you are interested in attending the event please register early to avoid disappointment.

This event is organised by ASSIST Sheffield.

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