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Immigration and Asylum Policy after Brexit: An Introduction

James Hampshire



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This special collection examines how immigration and asylum policies have evolved since Britain left the European Union. The referendum was won on the promise of ‘taking back control’, yet, since Brexit, immigration has increased to record levels and the nationalities of people coming to the UK have become more diverse. The increase in immigration was driven by a liberalisation of work and study visas and the creation of new humanitarian schemes. Although some aspects of immigration policy have evolved in a liberal direction, others have become increasingly restrictive. The Conservative government has pursued a draconian agenda on asylum, borders and irregular migration, including a scheme to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, and legislation that effectively abolishes the right to seek asylum in the UK. This introduction argues that recent immigration and asylum policies reflect the ambivalent, unstable and unresolved meanings of Brexit itself.

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    James Hampshire

    James Hampshire is a Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex, and the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He is currently researching how models of post-Fordist capitalism shape immigration policy.

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