The Politics and Policy of Skilled Economic Immigration Under New Labour, 1997–2010

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Part of the Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy book series (IMPP)

Abstract

Changes to British immigration policy under the Labour government (1997-2010) have been significant. The analysis provided here suggests at least two distinct policy phases. The first phase marked a liberalisation of the system that can be attributed in large part to a combination of the business lobby’s influence and economic growth combined with increased global integration of the UK economy. The second phase—including the creation of the Points-Based System—did not reverse the core policy goal of managed economic migration, but asserted strong control elements in a rule-bound system. This later period of policy change can be attributed to new political and social realities following the 2004 expansion of the European Union and the General Election of 2005 together with greater political attention to public opinion on immigration generally. Future trends will include a cap on non-EU migration.

Keywords

Migration Europe Agglomeration Defend Harness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Washington DCUSA

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