The city of London is celebrated as one of the most ethnically diverse capitals in the world, and has been a magnet of migration since its origin. Looking to London steps into the maelstrom of current and recent wars and the resulting migration crisis, telling the stories of women refugees who have made it to London to seek safe haven among the city's Kurdish, Somali, Tamil, Sudanese and Syrian communities, under the watchful eye of the security services.
Cynthia Cockburn brings her lively and lucid style to a world in which hatred is being countered by compassion, at a moment when the nationalist, anti-immigrant sentiment expressed in Brexit is being challenged by a warm-hearted 'refugees welcome' movement bringing community activists into partnership with London borough councils for the reception and rehoming of victims of war.
This book is essential reading for all who want to think more deeply about the meaning of asylum.
Cynthia Cockburn is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick, and City University London. A researcher and writer in the field of gender, war and peacemaking, she is active in the international women's peace movement. Her most recent books are Antimilitarism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), From Where We Stand (Zed Books, 2007) and Looking to London (Pluto, 2017).
Introduction 1 London : Magnet for Migrants 2 From South-East Turkey to North-East london : Kurds in Hackney 3 From the Horn of Africa to the Isle of Dogs : Somalis in Tower Hamlets 4 Home for Whom? Tamils in Hounslow and Home Office Detention 5 The Sudans' Divided People Come To Camden 6 Syrian War, Migration Crisis and 'Refugees Welcome' in Lambeth. Notes Index