Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

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03 August 2018

Lifestyle choice does not explain a 17-year life expectancy gap

When a researcher at BBC's Panorama got in touch with Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite to say they were making a programme about health inequalities in Stockton, she had mixed feelings. Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite writes for Social Sciences Birmingham.

22 June 2018

Welcoming refugees in the UK

Director of IRiS Professor Jenny Phillimore in the Birmingham Brief: 'With the UK's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and Community Sponsorship Programme for refugees escaping conflicts in the Middle East, refugees have been resettled to many places in the UK that have very little experience of diversity, let alone refugees. What can these places do to welcome refugees?'

22 June 2018

Black history is still largely ignored, 70 years after Empire Windrush reached Britain

April-Louise Pennant and Dr Nando Sigona write for The Conversation.What is the legacy of the Empire Windrush for black Britishness today? The arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks on June 22, 1948 marked a watershed moment in the recent history of immigration to Britain. The day before the ship arrived from the Caribbean, the Evening Standard sent an airplane to photograph the vessel as it approached Britain. The photo appeared on the front page under the headline: "Welcome to Britain! Evening Standard plane greets 400 sons of Empire." But the reception of the new arrivals was far from unequivocally positive.

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