How Migration Really Works: A Factful Guide to the Most Divisive Issue in Politics
Hein de Haas, Viking, £25 (published November 9)
On March 7, 2023, Rishi Sunak gave a press conference with a striking visual image: Britain’s first prime minister of colour stood on a podium emblazoned with his government’s slogan, ‘Stop the boats’. It is an image that encapsulates the oddities of the polarizing issue – a nation perhaps becoming more at ease with its diversity struggling to cope with a migration debate that feels ever more panicked.
In How Migration Really Works Hein de Haas aims to bypass this political and media maelstrom to provide the reader with tools to understand the realities of migration globally. How did ‘Stop the boats’ become a viable political slogan and how does it reflect the wider global migration debate?