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Dehumanising migrants dehumanises us all

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 15 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l212

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  1. Lucy Jones, director of programmes
  1. Doctors of the World
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These people are not a threat; turning our backs on the most vulnerable undermines our humanity

In the middle of a debate over whether Border Force ships should be deployed to rescue people crossing the English Channel in dinghies, Sajid Javid stood on the dock in Dover and said: “I want to send a very strong signal to people who do think about making this journey—we will do everything we can to make sure it is not a success.” With this comment he added yet another group of migrants to the list of those whom it is acceptable to see as different and less worthy of humanitarian aid. As this kind of speech becomes normalised and tolerated, the NHS is expected to follow, applying judgments …

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