Deporting Black Britons

Portraits of deportation to Jamaica

By Luke de Noronha

Deporting Black Britons

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4399-0
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: September 2020
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Social discrimination & inequality
  • Series: Manchester University Press


In the last two decades, the UK has deported thousands of people to Jamaica. Many of these 'deportees' left the Caribbean as infants and grew up in the UK. Deporting Black Britons traces the life stories of four such men who have been exiled from their parents, partners, children and friends by deportation. It explores how 'Black Britons' survive once they are returned to Jamaica, and questions what their memories of poverty, racist policing and illegality reveal about contemporary Britain.

Based on years of research with deported people and their families, Deporting Black Britons presents stories of survival and hardship in both the UK and Jamaica. These intimate portraits testify to the damage wrought by violent borders, opening up wider questions about racism, belonging and deservingness in anti-immigrant times.


'De Noronha's unique and intimate study of young people caught up in Britain's deportation machine reveals the damage done by Britain's harsh immigration system. You can't understand modern Britain without understanding the lives of the people he writes about.'
Daniel Trilling, author of Lights in the distance

'In this moving and memorable book, de Noronha provides an incisive and intimate portrait of postcolonial, neoliberal, austerity Britain from the ethnographic standpoint of Black Britons expelled from their home, labelled 'foreign criminals' and cast into destitution as 'deportees' in Jamaica. Racialised, criminalised, and finally 'migrantised', the young British men at the center of this book embody the postcolonial agonies of the UK from which they have been exiled by deportation.'
Nicholas De Genova, co-editor of The Deportation Regime and editor of The Borders of "Europe"


1 Introduction
2 Jason
3 Ricardo
4 Chris
5 Denico
6 Family and friends: Witnessing deportation and hierarchies of (non) citizenship
7 Post-deportation: Citizenship and the racist world order
8 Deportation as foreign policy: Meanings of development and the ordering of (im)mobility
Afterword, by Chris


Luke de Noronha is an academic and writer working at the University of Manchester. He has written widely on the politics of immigration, racism and deportation and has produced a podcast called Deportation Discs. He grew up in Manchester and now lives in London.

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