Beyond Victimhood? Experiences of New Vietnamese Migrants in Britain: Modern Slavery, Trafficking and the Cannabis Trade
In this paper, Tamsin Barber interrogates the role of recent debates around Modern Slavery and trafficking in framing and understanding the experience of new Vietnamese migrants working in the cannabis trade and nail salons in the UK. By reflecting upon wider aspects of the lived experience and biographical processes of migration, the speaker will argue that these frameworks can unintentionally become complicit in rendering these migrants more vulnerable by disregarding their agency (more broadly conceived) and pre-migratory conditions.
Tamsin Barber is Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology at Brookes University. The author of Oriental Identities in Super-Diverse Britain: Young Vietnamese in London, Dr Barber’s research interests lie in the areas of ‘race’, ethnicity, youth and migration with a focus on themes of exclusion, inclusion and identity formation. She has been involved in a number of research projects including two EU-funded projects, ‘Integration of Female Immigrants in Labour Market and Society’ and ‘The Chances of the Second Generation in Families of Ethnic Entrepreneurs’. She has worked on projects on Greek-Cypriot Cultural Identity at Oxford Brookes University, and more recently for the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) in London researching housing, neighbourhood and unemployment.