NSIIP Events

Unsettled: Refugee Camps in Britain Yesterday and Today

Date: March 24, 2016
Venue: Room 1400- SFU Harbour Centre 515 W Hastings St., Vancouver

Two sets of British camps served the refugees of decolonization: the Anglo-Egyptians (British subjects who were expelled from Egypt during the Suez Crisis of 1956) and Ugandan Asians (British subjects, who were expelled by Idi Amin’s Africanization policies in 1972). For both groups, their camps became crucial sites of class formation. By providing aid to “restore” some (but not all) refugees to the class positions Britons imagined they had held elsewhere, resettlement camps became a focal point in shaping refugees’ futures. Through these camps, we can see how the trajectories of independence abroad generated new identities – as well as new intimacies and frictions – in Britain itself.  A reception with light refreshments to follow.

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