A Short History of Migration to the UK: From Post-War to New Labour

  • Daniel Briggs
  • Dorina Dobre


This very short chapter brings you quickly up to date with providing a short historical context of migration to the UK from the post-war period to the advent of the New Labour government, paying particular attention to Blair’s premiership and Britain’s role within the European Union. The main point will be to indicate in this chapter is the political importance foreign labour has been for the continued functioning of the UK economy but also to point out how an increasingly punitive politics has problematized the life circumstances of migrant workers.


National Health Service Migrant Worker Asylum Seeker Short History Race Relation 
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© Daniel Briggs and Dorina Dobre 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Briggs
    • 1
  • Dorina Dobre
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad EuropeaSpain
  2. 2.University of East LondonUK

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