The EU and labour migration policy-making in the UK and 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:
The EU and labour migration policy-making in the UK and Spain

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This chapter examines the influence of the European Union (EU) on labour migration policy-making in Spain and Great Britain and evaluates the impact of Europeanisation on immigration policy. The analysis reveals that the Spanish policy on immigration as a system constructed with an explicitly EU-dimension does seem to be more receptive to subsequent EU developments than the British. Despite this, both Spain and Great Britain have arrived at a similar policy position on labour migration via different routes at different times, and with varying levels of influence and institutional contacts with the EU. The findings support the argument that models of the policy process with more developed conceptualisations of the ways in which ideas and knowledge play a role in policy-making might be better suited to understanding how the EU affects domestic policy-making.

Keywords: labour migration policy; European Union; Spain; Great Britain; Europeanisation; immigration policy; policy process; ideas; knowledge

Chapter.  9260 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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