Case study one: labour migration policy change in Spain

Alex Balch

in Managing Labour Migration in Europe

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080722
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701805 | DOI:
Case study one: labour migration policy change in Spain

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This chapter presents the results of the research on labour migration policy change in Spain from 1995 to 2008. It briefly explores Spain's migratory history and potential intervening variables or broader institutional factors and associated discourses in Spain that are potentially relevant to subsequent discussions of policy towards labour migration. This study has identified two main shifts in policy. These are the restrictive approach where divergence between stakeholders and the government emerged after 2000 and the move to a more market-led, liberal approach after the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) election victory of 2004 and the subsequent amendment to the Immigration Act.

Keywords: labour migration policy; Spain; migratory history; PSOE; Immigration Act; institutional factors

Chapter.  21281 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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