‘Rapefugees’ and the Bewildered Herd

“The Negroes are coming, hide your daughter, the Jews are coming hide your gold, the polish are coming; there taking our jobs… good lord the Chinese are rising too!” Do not fall prey to emotionally charged slurs, history is filled with enough instances of this which has not only tainted innocent victims, but, when logic prevailed, shamed and humiliated those …

Christian and Muslim Values: Just how far apart are they?

A lot can be said about ‘values’; ‘British’ values, ‘Christian’ values, ‘their’ values. The context in which the whole term has been thrown about has nearly always been ‘us’ versus ‘them’. So how different are Syrian refugees, who are predominantly Muslim, from Christians? Let’s make it simpler. How different are the values of Islam from Christianity? One event in history …

Student solidarity across borders: Students, universities and refugee crises past and present

By Dr Georgina Brewis, Senior Lecturer in the History of Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. The summer of 2015 has seen an unprecedented number of refugees fleeing from Syria to Europe, with many citizen-led initiatives filling the vacuum where government support has been found wanting. At the forefront of these volunteers have been student groups who, …