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Next steps for immigration policy

John Salt addresses Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for immigration policy

On March 27th Professor John Salt took part in a seminar organised by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum on “Next steps for immigration policy – regulation, enforcement and the Immigration Bill”, attended by lawyers, academics, academic administrators, civil servants , politicians and representatives of NGOs.

John presented one of the two plenary presentations (the other was by Keith Vaz, MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee). He summarised recent trends in migration flows, through the lens of the Coalition Government’s policy to reduce net immigration flow to “the hundreds of thousands”.

The problem with the policy is that a substantial part of net migration consists of flows the government is unable to control, namely in and out movement by British people and by citizens of the European Economic Area. Even for those migration streams where the government exercises some control there have been unintended, sometimes undesirable, consequences of the measures introduced.

These issues are discussed in a Migration Research Unit Discussion Paper, co-authored with Dr. Janet Dobson and published in November 2013 (see http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research/transnational-spaces/migration-research-unit/discussion-papers).

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