In this seminar, Hindpal will draw on a combination of research and practice experience to discuss the functions of immigration detention and the reasons behind high numbers of foreign nationals in prisons and detention centres. In particular, he examines how migration control policies are influenced by the politics of race, the legacy of colonialism and racialised constructions of the undeserving ‘other.’ He also explores how the objectification of foreign nationals crossing borders might be challenged. Hindpal has led the inspection of the immigration detention estate in the United Kingdom for ten years. He was formerly a probation officer, a prison-based foreign national specialist and a criminal justice lecturer. He has published a number of articles and chapters on prisons, probation, foreign prisoners and immigration detention. His PhD research addressed issues of legitimacy and coherence in the management of foreign prisoners and immigration detainees.
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