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    Why immigration controls resemble apartheid in their adverse consequences for freedom

Why immigration controls resemble apartheid in their adverse consequences for freedom

The attempt to control some people can all too quickly escalate into an effort that depends for success on controlling everyone, argues Chandran Kukathas in comparing immigration controls with South Africa’s notorious apartheid laws.

The governments of most European states are eager for foreigners to enter their countries and often boast of their success in attracting people to come in […]

  • Permalink The Gillard Government made a commitment in 2010 to release all children from immigration detention by June 2011, but still 1000 children languish in the harsh environment of immigration camps around Australia. The Refugee Action Collective organised a protest on July 9, 2011 outside the Melbourne Immigration Transit accommodation which is used for the detention of unaccompanied minors.Gallery

    Our sterile quantitative debate on immigration needs to be humanised with stories and images

Our sterile quantitative debate on immigration needs to be humanised with stories and images

UK policy and political debate on immigration and asylum seekers has been increasingly driven by abstract, quantitative descriptors. What we need instead are stories and images of individuals in order to trigger empathy and concern, argues Christina Boswell.

The body of a small boy, 3-year old Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum. This […]

September 7th, 2015|Featured, Immigration|11 Comments|
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    An Australian points system for immigration would be entirely inappropriate for the UK’s economy

An Australian points system for immigration would be entirely inappropriate for the UK’s economy

Immigration is one of the key issues in the context of the UK’s EU membership referendum, with several politicians advocating a shift away from free movement within the EU toward an Australian points-based system for managing immigration. But would such a system help or hinder the UK economy? Randall Hansen writes that while the system has a mixed record […]

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    How people identify with their country matters for whether or not they will perceive immigration as a threat

How people identify with their country matters for whether or not they will perceive immigration as a threat

Perceived threats to one’s national identity can explain a lot more about why people worry about the impact of immigration. In particular, those who identify with their country in an ethnic-cultural sense are more negative to immigration than those who have a civic national identity. Clara Sandelind explains.

Immigration is often regarded as a threat; a threat to a range of things from national […]

What to do about Calais, in 50 words

How does an academic in field of migration studies respond to a journalist’s request for 50 words for how to deal with the Calais crisis? In this article, Bridget Anderson dwells on the issue in 700 words, exploring how the complex interaction of pasts, presents and futures has become a simplistic problem of ‘migration’.

Five thousand people in Calais wanting to cross […]

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    Exposure to news about immigration and crime is positively associated with the likelihood to vote for an anti-immigrant party

Exposure to news about immigration and crime is positively associated with the likelihood to vote for an anti-immigrant party

What explains the electoral performance of anti-immigrant parties across different countries? In this article, Bjorn Burscher examines the relationship between news about immigration and crime and anti-immigrant voting in 11 countries. He finds that exposure to these news topics is positively associated with the likelihood to vote for an anti-immigrant party.

Anti-immigrant parties exist in many established democracies. Their electoral […]

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    On immigration, the proposals of both Labour and the Conservatives disappoint

On immigration, the proposals of both Labour and the Conservatives disappoint

Labour and the Conservatives are both proposing to employ a tougher approach to immigration if they win the election. But, as Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay explain in this article, there are limitations to ever more punitive approaches to control.

In the run up to the general election, the main political parties have released pronouncements on immigration focusing on borders, rights and undocumented migrants. It is […]

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    Fears about the adverse consequences of rising immigration have not materialised

Fears about the adverse consequences of rising immigration have not materialised

According to polling by Ipsos-MORI, immigration has topped the economy to become the most important issue for British people. Empirical research on the labour market effects, however, finds little overall adverse impact of immigration. Jonathan Wadsworth examines the evidence.

Immigration is a big issue. Twenty years of rising immigration mean that there are now around 7.8 million individuals (and 6.5 million adults of working age) […]