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‘Little has changed’: migrants and refugees are still seen as the enemy

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by Maya Goodfellow

Tomorrow will mark a year since three-year old Alan Kurdi’s body was washed up on a beach in Turkey. He drowned in the Mediterranean sea during his family’s attempt to seek safety after fleeing their home in Syria. A picture of his lifeless body face down in the sand was on the front pages of all the UK’s major newspapers, even if they’d had played a role in stoking anti-refugee sentiment in the past. Public sentiment seemed to soften towards refugees as people glimpsed the real consequences of Europe’s often cruel asylum system. But since little has changed. People from abroad – whether they’re migrants, seeking a different life or refugees, fleeing dangers at home – are still being treated as the enemy.

Attitudes towards refugees are thought to have hardened this year. In a February Comres poll 41% of people said Britain should accept fewer refugees…

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