Of her involvement with Asylum Justice, Professor Anderson writes, “High quality legal advice and representation is crucial in a system that is weighted against the recognition of asylum claims. Asylum Justice offers legal support to the most marginalised in our society. We have seen how the erosion of rights to legal aid of the most vulnerable non-citizens can affect us all. Supporting Asylum Justice is not only about solidarity with asylum seekers but recognising that the right to justice is something that we all have a stake in.”
Bridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship at the University of Oxford, and Research Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS www.compas.ox.ac.uk ). Her interests include citizenship, nationalism, immigration enforcement (including ‘trafficking’), and low waged labour, migration and the state. Her most recent authored book is Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (OUP, 2013). Care and Migrant Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics, co-edited with Isabel Shutes, was published by Palgrave in May 2014. Although now an academic Bridget started her working life in the voluntary sector working with migrant domestic workers, and she has retained an interest in domestic labour and migration. She was a member of the Campaign to Close Campsfield when it was first established. She has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.