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Wilful negligence: migration policy, migrants’ work and the absence of social protection in the UK

Mick Wilkinson and Gary Craig

in Migration and welfare in the new Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426444
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426444.003.0010
Wilful negligence: migration policy, migrants’ work and the absence of social protection in the UK

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This chapter talks about the important issues that are concerned with the social segregation and social exclusion of migrant workers in the UK. It presents an argument which states that the social and employment protection for this group of workers is often insufficient, and that the UK government has a moral obligation to attend to these deficits. The first section of the chapter shows the national context of migration policies in the UK. The chapter then reflects on the long history of immigration and the historical significance of questions of racial discrimination, ‘race’, and ethnicity to the integration of immigrant workers of the post-war period.

Keywords: social segregation; social exclusion; migrant workers; UK; social protection; employment protection; national context; migration policies; history of immigration; racial discrimination

Chapter.  7772 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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