Case study two
Labour migration policy change in the UK
in Managing labour migration in Europe
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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.

Managing labour migration in Europe

Ideas, knowledge and policy change

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