In an era of “superdiversity”, social workers and other professionals increasingly find themselves working with people subject to immigration control. And, increasingly, the demands of immigration control encroach on workers’ ethical and professional responsibilities towards their service users, with the expectation of compliance with an exclusionary and dehumanising discourse. This chapter explores the tensions between this discourse and social work’s commitment to principles of human rights and social justice, exploring strategies by which social workers can resist both the racism inherent in immigration controls and the managerial imperatives which insist that, in an age of austerity, emancipatory and anti-oppressive models of practice are not viable.
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