An open letter calling on the government to do 'much, much more to help Europe’s refugees' has been co-signed by over a dozen Oxford academics. They argue that the current government position is 'bad policy, bad politics and a betrayal of a proud British tradition'.

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Dear Prime Minister and Home Secretary,

We the undersigned are dedicated to creating a socially just world.  We spend our working lives supporting and promoting research, initiatives, and projects which will create a fairer and more equitable society for everyone.  Among our number are many leading experts on community cohesion, asylum, refugees, migration, politics, public opinion, policy and law.  We believe the Government’s current position on the European refugee crisis is misguided and requires urgent change.

Britain has a long and proud tradition of providing sanctuary to those in need. Thousands of European Jews were taken in by the governments of the 1930s and 1940s, saved from the horrors of fascism and Nazi extermination. Britain was one of the founding signatories of the post-war Geneva Convention on refugees in 1951. Tens of thousands of Ugandan Asians were saved from the tyranny of Idi Amin in the 1970s, while in the 1980s we accepted thousands of boat people fleeing Vietnam. More recently, we have given sanctuary to thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

You do not need to look far to find the beneficiaries of this proud tradition. Some sit with you on the benches of the House of Commons. Priti Patel, your employment minister, whose parents fled the tyranny of Idi Amin's Uganda. Nadeem Zahawi, the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon, who came to Britain as a nine year old child from Iraq, one of many families escaping Saddam Hussein. On the opposition benches, your former sparring partner Ed Miliband, whose father caught the last boat to Britain when the Nazis invaded Belgium. In the House of Lords, Lord Finkelstein, Lord Howard and others are the children of refugees given sanctuary by previous British governments.

Refugees and their descendents have made great contributions in all walks of British life. Some are famous on the national and international stage, others quietly contribute to British society and build lives for themselves and their families. All of them owe everything to the principled generosity of past Prime Ministers. That generosity is urgently needed again now.

You are right to point to our significant financial contribution of £900 million to help the governments of Syria, Lebanon and Turkey cope with the regional refugee crisis, a contribution you have recently increased by a further £100 million. Yet on the urgent issue of providing sanctuary to those who have arrived in Europe, it is clear we are failing to do our part. Germany has shown real leadership in response to this crisis, unilaterally lifting the Dublin regulation requiring refugees to be accommodated in their country of first entry, pledging to resettle up to 35,000 Syrian refugees under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) and leading efforts to build a co-ordinated European response. While Chancellor Merkel has responded with bold leadership, our own government response has been reluctant and insufficient. We have accepted only a tiny handful of VPRS refugees and, while your recent pledge to increase this commitment to several thousand is welcome, it is not equal to the task before us. For every refugee we currently accept, Germany accepts thirty five.

Some have argued that the British public are opposed to a larger effort to help, and that in any event such efforts are futile as we cannot hope to support all those displaced by this conflict, nor can support for refugees resolve the crisis that has led them to flee in the first place. We reject these arguments. Opinion polling shows that British voters backed the principle of asylum even before the current crisis - in a May poll by YouGov supporters outnumbered opponents by a margin of two to one. The terrible images of recent days can only have further reinforced this public support. The argument that we should not help anyone because we cannot help everyone is illogical and a historical betrayal. The governments of the 1930s and 1940s could not hope to help everyone displaced by global conflict, but they did what they could, saving thousands of lives. The situation is no different now. There is also no logic of refusing to help those fleeing conflict because doing so will not resolve the conflict. It is akin to leaving people in a burning building because rescuing them won't help put out the fire. We do need to do more to resolve the conflicts in the region. But first we must help more of those put at risk by these conflicts.

The chorus of political voices calling for greater action is growing rapidly, and crosses all traditional party lines. Conservative MPs Nicola Blackwood, David Burrowes, Jonny Mercer, Tom Tugendhat, Nadeem Zahawi and Jeremy Lefroy have all called for us to do more as a nation, as have Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, former party chairman. Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has joined SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale in calling for more to be done. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has joined these calls, as have the interim Labour Leader Harriet Harman and all the candidates in the Labour leadership contest.

The current government position is bad policy, bad politics and a betrayal of a proud British tradition. It shames us as a nation that we have done so little, and there is clear support for a change of stance from across the political spectrum. We urge you to live up to Britain's proud humanitarian traditions, and increase Britain's commitment to give sanctuary to those in urgent need on Europe's borders. This crisis is a chance to challenge the growing cynicism of voters who feel that politicians are crooked and politics doesn't matter. Show those who are pouring out their support for those in desperate need but feel powerless to help them that the British government is still a force for good in the world. We can do more. We should do more. We must do more. Prime Minister and Home Secretary, listen to the voices of your colleagues in Europe, the voices of colleagues in your parties and other parties, and the voices of your voters when we say: Let them come.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Robert Ford, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Maria Sobolewska, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Professor Matthew Flinders, Chair, Political Studies Association and Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for Promoting the Public Understanding of Politics

Dr Rosie Campbell, Vice Chair, Political Studies Association and Reader in Politics, Birkbeck College

Dr Vicky Randall, Vice Chair, Political Studies Association and Emeritus Professor in Politics, University of Essex

Professor Francesca Gains, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Manchester

Dr Tariq Modood, MBA FAcSS, Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship and Professor of Sociology, Public Policy and Politics, University of Bristol

Helena Djurkovic, CEO, Political Studies Association

Dr Liz Frazer, Head of Department of Politics and Official Fellow of New College, University of Oxford

Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Dr Ailsa Henderson, Professor of Politics and Head of Department of Politics and International Relations

Dr Simon Hix, Head of Department of Government and Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Mike Savage FBA, Head of Department of Sociology and Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor Emma Murphy, Head of School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham

Dr Nick Vaughan-Williams, Professor of Politics and Head of Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Melissa Mills, Head of Department of Sociology and Nuffield Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford

Professor Claudio Radaelli, Director, Centre of European Governance, University of Exeter

Dr Anthony Heath FBA CBE, Director of the Centre for Social Investigation and Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford

Dr Michael Keith, Director of the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) and Professorial Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University

Dr Patrick Sturgis, Director of ESRC National Centre for Research Methods and Professor of Research Methodology, University of Southampton

Dr Andrew Sanders, Head of School of Law, Politics and Sociology Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology,  University of Sussex

Jabeer Butt, Deputy Chief Executive, Race Equality Foundation

Nick Perks, Trust Secretary, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust

Michael McTernan, Director, Policy Network

Don Flynn, Director, Migrants' Rights Network

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Debbie Pippard, Head of Programmes, Barrow Cadbury Trust

Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

Will Somerville, Director, UK Programme, Unbound Philanthropy

Alexandra Runswick, Director, Unlock Democracy

Patrick Yu, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities

Nick Lowles, Chief Executive, Hope not Hate

Dr Edie Friedman, Director, Jewish Council for Racial Equality

Andy Gregg, Chief Executive, Race on the Agenda

Jehangir Malik OBE, UK Director, Islamic Relief

Nero Ughwujabo,  Chief Executive , Croydon BME Forum

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Co-Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Reader in Human Rights and Labour Law, University College London

Mark Tilki, Chair, Irish in Britain

Ratna Lachman, Director, JUST West Yorkshire

S Chelvan, Barrister, No5 Chambers

Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, Chairman, Arab-Jewish Forum

Michael Newman, Vice-chair, Discrimination Law Association

Dr Anoush Ehteshami  Joint Director of the RCUK Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and Professor of International Relations, University of Durham

Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights, University College London

Dr David Feldman, Direct, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Bridget Anderson, Deputy Director of COMPAS and Professor of Migration and Citizenship, University of Oxford

Dr Patrick Baert, Head of Department of Sociology and Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Dr Simon Parker, Director of School of Social and Political Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of York

Dr Fiona Mackay, Head of School of Social and Political Science and Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Claire Annesley, Head of Department of Politics and Professor of Politics, University of Sussex

Dr Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the Department of Law and Professor of Law,

Queen Mary University of London

Dr Dibyesh Anand, Head of Department and Reader in Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

Dr Albert Weale CBE FBA, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, University College London

Dr Ben Bowling, Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

Dr Colin Clark, Professor of Sociology & Social Policy, Research Director of the Public Policy, Governance & Social Justice hub, The University of the West of Scotland

Dr Patrick Hayden, Director of Research, School of International Relations and Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Reenske Doorenspleet, Director of the Centre for Studies in Democratisation and Associate Professor of Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Alan Ware, Professor of Politics and Emeritus Fellow, Worcester College, University of Oxford

Dr Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies and former Director, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Deborah Johnston, Head of Department of Economics and Reader in Economics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Ben Clift, Deputy Head of Department of Politics, and Professor of Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Sally Munt, Director, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies and Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex

Dr Ben Rogaly, Head of Department of Geography and Professor of Geography, University of Sussex

Dr Alan Lester, Co-Director of Centre for Colonial and Post-colonial studies and Professor of Historical Geography, University of Sussex

Dr Harris Beider, Head of Social Relations Team and Professor of Community Cohesion, Coventry University

Dr Phil Henry, Director, The Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby

Dr Alison Phipps, Director of Gender Studies & Reader in Sociology, University of Sussex

Dr Eleonore Kofman, Co-Director Social Policy Research Centre and Professor of Social Policy, Middlesex University

Professor David Held, Master of University College, Durham

Dr Sam Raphael, Co-Director, The Rendition Project and Senior Lecturer, Politics, International Relations and Human Rights, Kingston University

Dr Jennifer Van Heerde-Hudson, Director, UCL Q-Step Centre and Senior Lecturer in Political Behaviour, University College London

Dr Navtej Purewal, Deputy Director, South Asia Institute, SOAS, University of London

Dr Margaret Greenfields, Director: Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) and Professor of Social Policy & Community Engagement, Buckinghamshire New University

Dr Louise Ryan, Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Centre and Professor of Sociology, Middlesex University

Dr Daniel Butt, Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Justice and Associate Professor in Political Theory, Oxford University

Dr Stuart White, Director of the Public Policy Unit, Associate Professor in Politics and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford

Dr Vanja Hamzic, co-Chair, Centre for Ottomoan Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Ana Contandi, Head of the School of Arts, SOAS, University of London

Dr Francesco Billari FBA, Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford

Dr Cecile Laborde, FBA, Professor of Political Theory, University College London

Dr Edward Fieldhouse, Director of the British Election Study and Professor of Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Hermann Schmitt, Director of the British Election Study and Professor of Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Jane Green, Director of the British Election Study and Professor of Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Heaven Crawley, Professor of International Migration, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

Dr Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, Kings College London

Dr Andew Thompson, Professor of Public Policy and Citizenship, University of Edinburgh

Dr Colin Talbot, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester

Dr David Richards, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Andrew Russell, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Ludi Simpson, Professor of Population Studies, University of Manchester

Dr Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics, University of Bristol

Dr Joni Lovenduski, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College University of London

Dr Gerry Stoker, Professor of Politics and Governance, University of Southampton

Dr Paul Whiteley, Professor of Politics, University of Essex

Dr Andrew Geddes, Professor of Politics, University of Sheffield

Dr Jan Toporowski, Professor of Economics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Guy Standing FAcSS, Professor in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Mr Chris Bertram, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Bristol

Dr Satvinder Juss FRSA, Professor of Law, King's College London

Dr Mike Smith, Professor in European Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Peter Fitzpatrick, Anniversary Professor of Law, Birkbeck College University of London

Dr Ian Law, Professor of Sociology,  School of Sociology and Social Policy University of Leeds

Dr Yunas Samad, Professor of South Asian Studies, University of Bradford

Dr Shirin Rai, Professor of Politics, Warwick University

Dr Peter Humphreys, Professor of Politics, Manchester University

Dr Eleanor Nesbitt, Professor Emeritus, Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit

Dr Peter Ratcliffe, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

Dr Anthony Good, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Dr Marie-Benedicte Dembour, Professor of Law and Anthropology, University of Brighton

Dr Raminder Kaur, Professor of Anthropology, University of Sussex

Dr Rachel Gibson, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Bernard Ryan, Professor of Migration Law, University of Leicester

Dr Gideon Calder, Professor of Social Ethics, University of South Wales

Dr Clive Jones,  F.R.Hist.Soc, Professor of Regional Security, University of Durham

Dr James Fairhead, Professor of Anthropology, University of Sussex

Dr Salwa Ismail, Professor of Politics with Reference to the Middle East, SOAS, University of London

Dr Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit, University College London

Dr Stephen Fielding, Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham

Dr Colin Hay, Professor of Politics, Sciences-Po, Paris

Dr Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics, University of Kent

Dr Julia Strauss, Professor of Politics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Francesca Bray, Professor of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Dr Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths College University of London

Dr Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex

Dr Anshuman Mondal, Professor of English, College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, Brunel University

Dr Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora,University of Chichester

Dr Jane Cowan, Professor of social anthropology at the University of Sussex;  also Professor for the International Summer School, 'Cultures, Migrations, Borders' in Plomari, Lesbos,

Dr Gill Crozier, Professor of Education, University of Roehampton, London

Dr Floya Anthias, Professor of Sociology and Social Justice (Emeritus), Roehampton University

Dr David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Southampton

Dr Simon Caney, Professor in Political Theory, Magdalen College, Oxford

Dr Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex.

Dr Peter Muchlinski, Professor in International Commercial Law, The School of Law, SOAS, University of London

Dr Christina Boswell, Director of Research and Professor of Politics, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Dr Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Alfredo Saad Filho, Professor of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, SOAS, University of London

Dr Marc Stears, Professor of Political Theory and Fellow of University College, University of Oxford

Dr Mark Hobart, Emeritus Professor of Critical Media and Cultural Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Michael Jennings, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Oliver Heath, Reader in Politics, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Maria Koinova, Reader in International Relations, Warwick University

Dr Miriam Ronzoni, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck College University of London

Dr Piers Robinson, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Matthias Thaler, Chancellor's Fellow in Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Louiza Odysseos, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex

Dr Martin O'Neill, Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy, University of York

Dr Sian Hawthorne, Director of Studies MA Religion and Global Politics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Delwar Hussain, Chancellor's Fellow in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Dr Gerard McCann, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, St Mary’s University College, Belfast

Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos, Lecturer in European Politics, University of Surrey

Dr Tereza Capelos, Lecturer in Politics, University of Surrey

Dr Liz Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Christian Schemmel, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Marta Cantijoch, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Aoileann Ni Mhurchu, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Alistair Clark, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Newcastle

Dr Liam Shields, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Manchester

Dr Helena Wray, Associate Professor in Law, Middlesex University

Dr Jonathan Seglow, Reader in Political Theory, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr Bridget Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Manchester

Dr. Leandro Vergara-Camus, Lecturer in Theory, Policy and Practice of Development, SOAS, University of London

Dr Nicola Pratt, Reader, International Politics of the Middle East, University of Warwick

Dr Ana Lindley, Lecturer in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Vicki Squire, Associate Professor of International Security, University of Warwick

Dr Steve Bastow, Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Economics, History and Politics

Kingston University

Dr Nicola Furrie Senior Lecturer in Political Communication and Public Affairs, Aberdeen Business School

Dr Ben Gidley, Associate Professor,  School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford

Dr Sundari Anitha, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln

Dr Peter McLaverty, Reader in Public Policy, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University

Dr Elizabeth Evans, Lecturer in Politics, University of Bristol

Dr Barbara Zollner, Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck College

Dr Kieran Oberman, Chancellor's Research Fellow in Politics, Edinburgh University

Rebecca Parto, Chair, Political Studies Association Postgraduate Network

Professor David Owen, University of Southampton

Dr Meera Sabaratnam, Lecturer in Politics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Amrita, Senior Teaching Fellow in History, SOAS, University of London

Dr Mihaela Mihai, Lecturer in Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Paul O'Connell, Reader in Law, SOAS, University of London

Dr Ian Bruff, Lecturer in European Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Lars Laamann, Lecturer in History, SOAS, University of London

Dr Hedi Viterbo, Lecturer in Politics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Dr Michael Buehler, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Judith Bara, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Queen Mary, Univerity of London

Dr Louise Thompson, Lecturer in British Politics, University of Surrey

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Senior Lecturer in Politics, SOAS, University of London

Dr Pontus Odmalm, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Pierre-Philippe Fraiture Head of French Studies and Professor of French, University of Warwick

Dr Mulaika Hijjas, Lecturer in South East Asian Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Kevin Millar, Teaching Fellow in Politics, University of Durham

Dr Frauke Urban, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development, SOAS, University of London

Lucy Hatton, PhD researcher in Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Elizabeth Kahn, Lecturer in Political Theory, School of Politics and International Affairs, University of Durham

Dr Carly Beckerman-Boys, Lecture in the International Relations of the Middle East, School of Politics and International Affairs, University of Durham

Dr Kamran Khan, Lecturer in Politics, University of Leicester

Eloise Bertrand, PhD researcher in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Julia Welland, Teaching Fellow, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Laia Becares, Joint ESRC/Hallsworth Research Fellow, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester

Dr Carl Death, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Federico Mucciarelli Reader in Financial Law SOAS, University of London,

Dr James Caron, Lecturer in Islamicate South Asia, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, SOAS - University of London

Dr Lucy Lowe, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Dr Robert Jump, Lecturer in Economic, University of Kingston

Dr Nick Turnbull, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Stuart Shields, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Olga Onuch, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Anastasia Taryn, Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool

Lauren Tooker, Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Dr Steve Ketterell, Associate Professor in Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Veronique Pin-Fat, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Neophytos Loizides, Reader in International Conflict Analysis, University of Kent

Dr. Bridget Cotter, Lecturer in Politics, University of Westminster

Dr Nic Cheeseman, Associate Professor in African Politics, University of Oxford

Dr Vikki Boliver, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Durham

Dr Anita Schrader-McMillan, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Medical School

Dr David Hudson, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, University College London

Dr Tom Dannenbaum, Lecturer in Human Rights, University College London

Dr Christina Achinger, Associate Professor in German Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Edyta Roszko, Marie Curie Research Fellow in Politics, University of Durham

Dr Sarah Fine, Lecturer in Philosophy, Kings College London

Dr Sam Freiedman, Assistant Professor in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Anita Schrader-McMillan, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Medical School

Dr Sara Dorman, Lecturer in Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Richard Child, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Laura McLeod, Lecturer in Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Gunvor Jónsson,  Departmental Lecturer in Migration and Development

Dept. of International Development University of Oxford

Dr Adrienne Roberts, Lecturer in International Politics, University of Manchester

Dr Rainbow Murray, Reader in Politics, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Robin Pettit, Lecturer in Politics, Kingston University

Dr Naomi Wells, Research Fellow, Italian Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick

Dr Subir Sinha, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Oz Hassan, Associate Professor in National Security, University of Warwick

Dr. Rashmi Varma, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Dr Stephanie Collins, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Manchester

Dr Cristina Masters, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Manchester

Dr Alexandra Homolar, Associate Professor of International Security, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick.

Dr Stephen Dr Wizje, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Manchester

Dr Rachel Seoighe, Research Fellow in Law, University of Warwick

Dr Claire Blencowe, Associate Professor of Sociology University of Warwick

Dr Samantha Ashenden, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Birkbeck College University of London

Dr David Cutts, Reader in Politics, University of Bath

Dr Trevor McCrisken, Associate Professor, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Lecturer in Law, University of Reading

Dr Emily McTernan, Lecturer in Political Theory, University College London

Dr Fiona Adamson, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS, University of London

Dr Avia Pasternak, Lecturer in Global Ethics, University College London

Jennifer Brown, PhD Researcher, University College London

Dr Manjeet Ramgotra, Senior Teaching Fellow in Politics, SOAS, University of London

Anca Gheaus, Doctoral Researcher in Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Alan Anstead, UK Race and Equality Network

Dr Khursheed Wadia, Principal Research Fellow in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick

Dr Ugur Ozdemir, Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science

Dr Christopher Browning, Lecturer in Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Stephen Kettell, Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Patrick Burke, Lecturer in Politics, University of Westminster

Dr Ruth Wittlinger, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Durham

Dr Zoe Marriage, Reader in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Zakia Shiraz, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

Dr Madeline Fagan, Global Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl, Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East, SOAS, University of London

Dr Ian O'Flynn, Lecturer in Politics, Newcastle University

Dr Simon Choat, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Kingston

Dr Carmen Gebhard, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh

Dženeta Karabegović, PhD Candidate, Politics and International Studies
Department, University of Warwick

Dr Loredana Polezzi, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick

Dr Khursheed Wadia, Principal Research Fellow in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick

Dr. Juanita Elias, Associate Professor, Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Lena Rethel, Associate Professor, Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Sutha Nadarajah, Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS, University of London

Dr Dalal Stevens, Director of Research, School of Law and Reader in Law

Dr Ingrid Storm, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester

Dr Nissa Finney, Reader in Human Geography, University of St Andrews

David Wearing, Doctoral Researcher, SOAS, University of London

Dr Chege Githoria, Senior Lecturer in Swahili, SOAS, University of London

Dr John Harries, Teaching Fellow in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Ragnar Wielandt, Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Tufyal Choudhury , Lecturer in Law, Director of Student Support, School of Law, Durham University

Dr Mohammed Alam, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Bradford

Dr. Catherine Goetze Senior Lecturer in International Relations, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

Dr Patrick McGovern, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics & Political Science

Dr Francesca Salvi, Lecturer in Childhood Studies, School of Education and Continuing Studies (SECS), University of Portsmouth

Dr James Hampshire, Senior Lecture in Politics, University of Sussex

Dr Tessa Lewin, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Dr Olli Hellmann Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex

Dr. Stephanie E. Berry Lecturer in Public Law,School of Law, Politics and Sociology,University of Sussex

Dr Sabrina Gilani, University of Sussex, Sussex Law School

Dr Elizabeth David-Barrett, Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex

Dr Edward Guntrip, Lecturer in Law, Sussex Law School, University of Sussex

Dr Steven Colburn, University of Sussex

Dr Miranda Alison, Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies, University of Sussex

Dr Sarita Malik, Brunel University London

Dr Victoria Redclift, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Surrey

Ms Anneke Newman, PhD candidate, University of Sussex

Dr Fabio Petito, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex

Dr Dinah Rajak, Senior Lecturer in International Development, University of Sussex

Ana Porroche-Escudero, Lancaster University

Dr Leon Wainwright, Reader in Art History, Department of Art History, The Open University

Dr Stefanie Ortmann, Lecturer in International Relations, Department of International Relations, University of Sussex

David Axelsen, Doctoral Researcher, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Nicola Montagna, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Law, Middlesex University

Dr. Pamela Kea, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

Dr Zahidul Quayyum, Health Economics & Health Technology

Assessment Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

Suzanne Hall , Assistant Professor in Sociology , London School of Economics and Political Science

Andy Pennington, Research Fellow, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool

Dr Erica Consterdine, Research Fellow, Department of Politics and Contemporary European Studies, University of Sussex

Dr Jennifer Diggins, Lecturer in Social/Cultural Anthropology,  Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Lauren Greenwood, University of Sussex.

Tereza Germanova, doctoral researcher in Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Paul Warmington, Senior Lecturer in Education, Centre for Research in Race & Education, University of Birmingham

Dr. John Filling, Lecturer in Political Theory and Fellow of King's College, University of Cambridge

Oula Kadhum, doctoral research fellow in Politics, University of Warwick

Dr Jamie Allinson, Lecturer in International Relations (Middle East), University of Edinburgh

Dr Andrea Birdsall, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh

Dr Philip Cook, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Edinburgh

Dr Elizabeth Cripps, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Edinburgh

Dr Jens Lerche, Reader in Agrarian and Labour Studies, SOAS, University of London

Dr Lynn Dobson, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Edinburgh

Dr Claire Duncanson, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh

Dr Oliver Escobar, Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Edinburgh

Dr Kristen Hopewell, Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Edinburgh

Dr Meryl Kenny, Lecturer in Gender Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Luke March, Senior Lecturer in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Andrew Neal, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh

Dr Tanya Palmer, Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex

Dr Ghazala Mir, Associate Professor, University of Leeds

Varun Uberoi, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Public Policy at Brunel University

Dr Charlotte Helen Skeet, Sussex Law School, University of Sussex

Elizabeth Dowler, Emeritus Professor in Food & Social Policy, University of Warwick

Andrea Brock, Associate Tutor and Doctoral Researcher, University of Sussex

Dr Barbara Crossouard, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex

Dr Claire Moon, Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Jonathan Havercroft,  Associate Professor, Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton

Carrie Friese, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Emily Robinson , Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex

Martin Hedemann-Robinson, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Kent

Dr Cristiana Olcese, Fellow in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Ipshita Basu, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Westminster

Dr Keith Hyams, Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Dr Cosimo Zene, Reader in the Study of Religions, SOAS, University of London

Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo Senior Lecturer in European and Migration Law, University of Bristol.

Dr Nick Vivyan, Lecturer in Politics, University of Durham

 

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By Bill Aldridge
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Let us hope that the government holds the line of firm common sense. Humanity and refuge where it is needed, but not for those who treck across Europe drawn by Germany's shallow promise if 800,000 places. Shallow because the Germans have not backed up this promise by sending trains, boats and planes to collect the migrants who they have welcomed. Germany leaves the rest of Europe to deal with the mess they have caused.

By Anne Smith
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Well written! I agree with every word of your letter.

By Jeremy Wall
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While accepting that UK could and should do more to help GENUINE refugees, I also believe very strongly that UK should be doing its best to get other rich, non-European countries such as USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil, to commit to taking a sizeable proportion of refugees. After all, they have the resources and, as importantly, the space, unlike overcrowded Europe. Economic migrants trying to get into Europe illegally (i.e. without a prior visa) should be returned to their home countries.

By Dr Flora Skivington
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Very well said. I agree with Dr Alexander Betts, Professor in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and a Fellow of Green-Templeton College at the University of Oxford that we need creative and innovative solutions to these issues. We need to bring imagination and new thinking to this - include a diverse range of people with varying backgrounds and skills...not an easy challenge by any means but worth attempting

By Dr Paul Crichton
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our government policy towards refugees should be inspired by a respect for the human rights of the refugees and their right to seek asylum in this country and not by a selfish desire to take in as few as possible for party-political reasons

By Stella
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Astonishing that the ONE THING that is at issue here is never mentioned: Europeans' very real and well-founded fear of importing even more radical Islam into Europe.

It isn't about money. None of us has any control over how our governments spend our tax money. It's about ideology.

Islamic culture and European culture do not mix; they cannot blend successfully. One has to give way to the other.

Europeans do not want to have to abandon their culture and take on Muslim culture, which is what is going to happen because Muslims are reproducing at a far faster rate than native Europeans.

Can Europeans be blamed for not wanting to import even more Muslim/Islamic culture into their countries?

This is the elephant in the room. It is all over the comment boxes on news sites on the Internet, but the signers of this letter seem to be utterly out of touch with the thoughts of ordinary citizens who have to live side-by-side with a radically different culture that will not and cannot adapt to European culture.

By Roger Nichols
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I feel betrayed by politicians who have dithered, offered lame excuses for their inertia and not reacted with that generosity of spirut and human compassion that characterises millions of my fellow countrymen. We can and should open our arms wide to these desperate people.

By Margaret Hopkins
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Very heartening. Of course the public are with you all. Only the government is out of step.

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By Sarah
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This article embodies a humane perspective. However it does not analyse the United Kingdom's contribution accurately.

In giving a total of £1 billion, (£900 million already given, another £100 million pledged by David Cameron this week) we are responsible for saving more Syrian lives than any nation in Europe.

Germany has not given this much, nor has France, even though these countries are larger than the UK. The UK has helped countless millions of Syrian refugees to keep from starvation for the last four years via daily UN handouts of cash. It has done this despite have the largest national debts of any country in Europe. It does not deserve to be criticised for not doing enough.

The UK's huge humanitarian generosity to date to Syrians displaced from their country needs to be noted by commentators. In accordance with our traditions, most people living in the United Kingdom are probably happy to have their earnings used this way. However they are not happy to bring into our society thousands or maybe tens or hundreds of thousands of people whose values and beliefs are not their own. British people, Syrians, Iraqis, Afghan, Nigerians and Eritreans are all fellow human beings. But no one group of them should be asked to show such generosity that their homeland becomes unrecognisable to them, and their traditional values and culture voluntarily be given up.

By Michael
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This is a very powerful letter, and many of us will be inclined to support the intentions. However, it is critical of a government policy which is not defined here, and which may be changed, that being the very purpose of the letter. It is strange that a letter endorsed by so many academics should fail to provide a clear statement of the authors' understanding of what it is they are protesting about.

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