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Panel Event – Hostile by Design: How the UK Immigration System Creates Distress

July 19 , 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Free Event

More than a decade after Theresa May first announced her intention to make the UK ‘a really hostile environment’ for those without documentation, it is clearer than ever that the true goal of this country’s immigration system is to punish and deter all migration. From the near total abolition of the right to seek asylum to the tightening of requirements for family visas, the Government extends its hostility to anyone on the move for any reason. While this goal may be clear, far less attention is given to how the UK immigration system complicates the lives of those subjected to it, creating distress and exacerbating existing ill-health in the process.

Join Synergi and NSUN along with our guests, Chair of The Windrush National Organisation Bishop Desmond Jaddoo and CEO of Migrants’ Rights Network, Fizza Qureshi, for a discussion of the disabling impact of the UK immigration system and how people are resisting it.

Fizza Qureshi is the Chief Executive Officer of Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN), a campaigning organisation working alongside migrants in their fight for rights and justice.

She has a commitment to social justice, anti-racist and anti-oppression practices to ensure those affected are enabled to lead the changes needed.

Bishop Desmond Jadoo is the Chair of The Windrush National Organisation. He is also serving as a Bishop of the Village Fellowship and esteemed member of the Apostolic Pastoral Congress.

Beyond his religious duties, Bishop Jaddoo stands as a stalwart Community Activist, channelling his passion towards advocating for Equality & Social Justice, Safer Streets, and Community Cohesion.

About Synergi

Synergi focuses on the intersections between racial justice & mental health, distress or trauma.

We connect activists and organisers into a network and shift power and resource to grassroots groups. We celebrate the history of activists that have come before us, and in collaboration, we build on this legacy. Together we’ll imagine alternatives, reshaping the future to one of hope and healing, justice and joy.

Spaces for this meeting are limited so please check your availability before registering, and email us at synergi.info@nsun.org.uk if you can no longer attend.

Synergi and NSUN’s Conduct Agreement

We want virtual Synergi spaces to be safe, welcoming, and inclusive. Harassment, hate speech, and inappropriate behaviour of any kind, verbal or in the chat/Q&A, will not be tolerated. 

We reserve the right to immediately remove any attendee we consider to be in breach of this conduct agreement. This includes anyone making racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory, offensive, or hateful remarks.

Removed participants will not be able to re-join the session, or, if applicable, join any of the rest of the sessions in a day or series of events. In order to avoid the derailing of sessions we will not enter into conversations around why conduct was deemed inappropriate in the sessions themselves.

Please read the full Online event conduct agreement here.

Please Note: Registration for this event will close at 5pm on Thursday 18th July.

Late admittance  

Please note that to avoid disruption or distraction, we will be unable to admit latecomers (anyone who arrives ten minutes after the event’s start time). 


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If you need help with costs to be able to access this event, we may be able to make a contribution – please get in touch with us at synergi.info@nsun.org.uk

Zoom closed captions will be available to turn on during the meeting. 

We will be asking that attendees keep themselves on mute while others are talking to avoid audio distractions. 

Please let us know of any access requirements in your sign up form and we will try to accommodate them as best as we can.