Strangers into citizens, 7/7 memorial and public art

7 07 2009

Here is a collection of unrelated but interesting London happenings and events:

Strangers into Citizens

“Strangers into Citizens” – a campaign by London Citizens – has a proposal to get irregular migrants, refused asylum seekers and overstayers out of the legal limbo they are in, for their good as well as that of society. We have studied what has been done elsewhere in Europe – Spain, for example, legalised 700,000 people in 2005 – and have our own proposal: that those who have been in the UK for more than four years should be able to work legally for two years and then (subject to employer or character references, criminal record checks, an English test and so on) be given “leave to remain”. This model of “earned regularisation” has been successfully implemented in the US among other countries and we think would work well in the UK.

There are now the beginning of discussions to create some sort of Migration expert resource or advisory group for the Strangers into Citizens campaign. The idea is to give the campaign regular access to Academics and other experts who can help the campaign develop evidence based policies and respond effectively to Migration Watch Histrionics.

This is a perfect opportunity to become involved in “applied migration theory”. If you would be willing to attend an introductory roundtable in London in Mid-July please let me know by sending an email to dr.john.davies@sussex.ac.uk

Today is the 4th anniversary of the 7th of July bombings of the London transport system.

A memorial was unveiled in Hyde Park with 52 steel pillars, one for each of the victims of the attacks.

Yesterday marked the start of another piece of public artAntony Gormley’s 4th Plinth Project, also called One & Other.

Members of the public applied to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals. Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, a different person will make the Plinth their own. If you’re selected, you can use your time on the plinth as you like. One & Other is open to anyone and everyone from any corner of the UK. As long as you’re 16 or over and are living or staying in the UK.

You can find out about the participants, the ‘plithers’ here. There is a live webcam feed on the site here, if you cant make it to Trafalgar Square.

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7 07 2009
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