The Contemporary Politics of Immigration and Demographic Change

  • James Hampshire

Abstract

At the start of the twenty-first century immigration is once again at the top of the political agenda. Across Europe, migration policies are in a state of flux,1 with stemming strategies being supplanted by mixed soliciting strategies in the face of demographic and economic change. In Britain, the restriction of primary colonial immigrants in the 1960s and early 1970s began a long pause in immigration, but by the late 1990s this had palpably come to an end, with net migration in excess of 100,000. This was partly an outcome of government initiatives for voluntary migrants, partly the result of increased asylum applications. Whilst policy-making elites create more open immigration regimes, opposition to immigration — both voluntary and forced — has increased in scope and intensity.

Keywords

Migration Europe Propen Tuberculosis Assimilation 

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© James Hampshire 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Hampshire
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  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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