Case study two: labour migration policy change in the UK

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 two: labour migration policy change in the UK

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This chapter presents the results of the research on labour migration policy change in Great Britain from 1995 to 2008. It discusses labour migration governance, particularly the broader institutional factors, associated discourses and migratory history of Britain. The British policy in the mid-1990s was one based on a constellation of ideas and arguments around migration that can be traced back to the 1950s. The shift to a more positive reorientation to labour migration came in 2000 with the announcement of ‘managed migration’. This new direction was about recognising the potentially huge benefits of migration, and changing policies to be adapted to the global economy by bringing in new ideas, including from other countries, and carrying out more research on migration in Britain.

Keywords: labour migration policy; Great Britain; migratory history; manned migration; global economy; ideas; research

Chapter.  19520 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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