Tom Vickers’ recent text is a comprehensive review of the British state in relation to the asylum and refugee system. He employs an explicitly Marxist position to understand how the dominant class relations in British society, and the overarching imperative of capital accumulation have shaped the oppressive landscape of the refugee system. The text discusses how the interplay between social and political structures has informed both the historical and contemporary processes of oppression in relation to the ‘international working class’, and how these processes have resulted in exploitation of these very workers, discussing how this can be deconstructed to represent capitalist and imperialist ideologies. A major theme of the text is the examination of state policies, specifically of how they have defined, and how they continue to influence, the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Britain, placing them in a constantly subordinated position in British society.
This is an extract from a review by Joe Ellery, Jo Manby and James West in Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World 4(1), the full review can be read at: http://ercw.openlibrary.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/ercw/article/view/77/73