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The Zero‐Immigration Country: Great Britain

Christian Joppke

in Immigration and the Nation-State

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295402
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295405.003.0004
 The Zero‐Immigration Country: Great Britain

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This chapter shows how Great Britain, sometimes described as having a ‘weak’ immigration control policy compared to continental Europe, has in fact displayed an exceptionally strong stance. The principle of parliamentary sovereignty and common law restraints have neutralized the courts as effective opponents of the executive, resulting in absolute Home Office control over immigration policy. Even family reunification and asylum‐granting decisions have been reduced to a trickle.

Keywords: asylum; Great Britain; immigration

Chapter.  15798 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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