Family Migration and New Labour

Authored by: Helena Wray

The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Law, Theory and Policy

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754671886
eBook ISBN: 9781315613239
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042648


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This chapter analyses the family migration policies of the New Labour government of 1997–2010 in the context of its migration policy generally. It argues that policy was often the outcome of a conflicting set of pressures. Regulation of family migration often appeared to share the same characteristics as immigration policy as a whole: a veneer of coherence concealed efforts to satisfy a multiplicity of interests and forces. At the same time, while the government moved policy in the same direction as its European neighbours, comparatively speaking it showed some restraint.

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