Creating the national/border security nexus: counter-terrorist operations and monitoring middle eastern and north African visitors to the UK in the 1970s–1980s

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Abstract

This article looks at an earlier episode in the history of the UK border security apparatus by examining how the immigration control system was used in the 1970s and 1980s to detect potential terrorists from the Middle East and North Africa. Using recently opened archival records, it shows that the UK government introduced a strict system of visa checks, interviews, and other measures to nearly all Middle Eastern and North African visitors to the UK to prevent the entry of suspected terrorist personnel. By using these highly arbitrary measures, it became the modus operandi of the UK authorities to treat all Middle Eastern and North Africans as potential terrorists until convinced otherwise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-614
Number of pages20
JournalTERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE
Volume31
Issue number3
Early online date14 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2019

Keywords

  • Border control
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Immigration
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • United Kingdom

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