A contribution to one of the most hotly contested issues in Europe, The migration debate provides a well-balanced, critical analysis of UK migration policies, in a European context, from entry controls through to integration and citizenship. Exploring the pressures and constraints that have shaped a rapidly shifting policy terrain, this accessible overview offers a considered assessment of policy options to provide the foundation for a less polarised, better-informed public debate. Unusual in its coverage of immigration for work, study, family and protection, and in its insistence that an understanding of integration processes must be considered alongside analysis of entry controls, The migration debate will be of equal value to policy makers as to a multi-disciplinary academic readership.
Sarah Spencer, CBE, is Deputy Director at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, and a Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. She is Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum, the network of equality and human rights organisations, and a former Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality. She has twice been seconded into the Cabinet Office to contribute to migration reports and has published widely on migration and human rights issues.
Introduction: Migration policy in the 21st Century; Protection: Asylum and refugee policy; Migration for work and study; Family migration; Irregular migration; 'Integration' and Citizenship; Conclusion.