Teresa Hayter

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Teresa Hayter (born 1940) is a British author and activist. She is the author of three books: Aid as Imperialism, The Creation of World Poverty, and Open Borders: The Case Against Immigration Controls,[1] as well as an early autobiography (penned at age 30) called Hayter of the Bourgeoisie.[2][3]

Background and early life[edit]

Teresa Margaret Hayter was born on 2 April 1940,[4] in Shanghai, China, the daughter of William Hayter (later Sir William and a diplomat representing the United Kingdom in the Soviet Union, who became Warden of New College, Oxford University), and his wife Iris Marie Grey.[5][6][7][8]

Hayter's first book (1971) was autobiographical and was entitled Hayter of the Bourgeoisie.[9][10][2]


Political views in the 1970s[edit]

In an interview with The Sunday Times in 1972, Hayter admitted that Hayter of the Bourgeoisie had only been published because the publisher Lord Longford (of Sidgwick & Jackson) "is a mate of my father".

Views on migration controls and refugee rights[edit]

Hayter has been a vocal campaigner and activist for greater refugee rights and the loosening of migration controls in general. Her book, Open Borders: The Case Against Immigration Controls made general arguments against migration controls and also pointed specifically to the circumstances of refugees. In the book and elsewhere, she has connected her activism for migration rights with her anti-racist views.[11][12][13] The book is available for free online[14] and has received some reviews.[15] In addition to her books and media interviews and articles, Hayter has also made the case, in academic journals, for a world without borders.[16]

Hayter is at the helm of a campaign to close down Campsfield House, a detention centre in the United Kingdom.[17]

In March 2007, Hayter refused to share a podium with David Coleman of Migration Watch UK, and supported a petition by local free newspaper, the Oxford Star, calling on the Vice Chancellor of the University, John Hood, to "consider the suitability of Coleman's continued tenure as a Professor of the University, in light of his opinions and affiliations relating to immigration and eugenics."[18][19]

Aid and poverty[edit]

Hayter wrote two books on the subject of the world order and its connection to poverty: Aid as Imperalism (1971) and The Creation of World Poverty. In the former, she criticized the lending policies of the World Bank while extolling the development approach of North Korea; the book was reviewed in The Spectator in 1972.[20] The latter book was reviewed by Leading Light.[21][22]


Hayter has been interviewed by a number of blogs and websites.[11][12] She has penned a column for The Guardian (a UK-based newspaper)[18] and has been cited and quoted in The Guardian[17][23] and other British publications on issues related to asylum seekers and refugees.


  1. ^ "Teresa Hayter". Pluto Press, MacMillan. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Book Review: 'Hayter of the Bourgeoisie' | The Socialist Party of Great Britain". www.worldsocialism.org. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Hayter of the Bourgeoisie". Goodreads. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  5. ^ "OBITUARIES Sir William Hayter". 30 March 1995. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  6. ^ "OBITUARIES Sir William Hayter". The Independent. 30 March 1995. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  7. ^ Paton, Maureen (13 December 2007). "Fiona MacCarthy: The rebel deb with a kick in her curtsey". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  8. ^ O'Donovan, Gerard (14 December 2007). "Last night on television: Last Party at the Palace (Channel 4) - Timeshift: A Game of Two Eras (BBC4)". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  9. ^ Paton, Maureen. "Fiona MacCarthy: The rebel deb with a kick in her curtsey". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  10. ^ Hayter, Teresa (27 January 1972). Hayter of the Bourgeoisie. London: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. ISBN 9780283978005.
  11. ^ a b Cleave, Chris (11 March 2008). "Refugees Don't Eat Swans – an interview with Teresa Hayter". Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Teresa Hayter: Interview". spectrezine. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  13. ^ Hayter, Teresa (1 October 2002). "The new common sense. Immigration controls are unsustainable. Let's junk them". The New Internationalist. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Open Borders: The case against immigration controls". libcom. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  15. ^ McLoughlin, Conor. "Open Borders: The case against immigration controls - review". libcom. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  16. ^ Hayter, Teresa (2003). "No borders: the case against immigration controls". Feminist Review. 73: 6–18. doi:10.1057/palgrave.fr.9400071.
  17. ^ a b "'Outdated' detention centre to close". The Guardian. 7 February 2002. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  18. ^ a b Hayter, Teresa (16 March 2007). "Watching David Coleman. The co-founder of Migration Watch wishes to persuade us he is the victim of a smear campaign. But what about his views on eugenics?". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  19. ^ Paton, Graeme (2 March 2007). "Students try to oust MigrationWatch don". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  20. ^ Hudson, Christopher (29 January 1972). "Two Cheers for Revolution". The Spectator. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  21. ^ Leading Light (8 June 2011). "Book Review Part 1 of 2 of Teresa Hayter's The Creation of World Poverty". Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  22. ^ Leading Light (8 June 2011). "Book Review Part 2 of 2 of Teresa Hayter's The Creation of World Poverty". Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  23. ^ Gupta, Rahila (15 June 2009). "Bringing migrants into the light. As Refugee Week begins, I welcome support for regularising migrants without papers, but an amnesty must not create hurdles". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2014.