Institute for Migration & Ethnic Studies

Lunch Lecture: “My British passport is currency.” Immigration Enforcement and the Implications for Citizen Women in Mixed-Status Families

By Melanie Griffiths (Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol and Visiting Scholar at IMES and ARC-GS)

08May2017 11:45 - 13:00


A political obsession in the UK with slashing immigration figures has led to renewed problematizing of ‘mixed-status’ families, whose members have different immigration statuses from each other.

The talk presents research on UK-based families consisting of British or EEA national women in relationship with men whose immigration status is irregular or precarious. Drawing on interviews and observations of deportation appeals, this talk explores the impact of the men’s deportability on the citizen/European women. As case-studies illustrate, despite not being directly subject to immigration control, these women nonetheless find that the immigration system stretches deep into their intimate lives, with significant impacts on their relationships and gender roles. By considering the ways in which they resist or negotiate attempts to deport their partners, I question the women’s conceptualisations of, and attempts to mobilise, their citizenship privileges, as well as the repercussions of these immigration battles on their own feelings of identity, belonging and stability. I argue that a political preoccupation with deporting unwanted non-citizens has significant, but often overlooked, implications for citizens, with the family arising as a critical site for struggles over the boundaries of national belonging.

Registration is required

The lecture will include lunch provided by ARC-GS. If you would like to participate, please send an email to by Wednesday, May 3. You will then be sent a confirmation and the location of the lecture


Published by  ARCGS