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The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe

Hatton, T (2014) The Slump and Immigration Policy in Europe. UNSPECIFIED. Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Discussion Papers 1401.

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Abstract

Historical experience suggests that when a period of rising immigration is followed by a sudden slump, this can trigger a policy backlash. This has not occurred in the current recession. This paper examines three links in the chain between the slump and immigration policy. First, although immigration flows have responded to the slump, and immigrants have borne more than their share of the burden, this has done little to protect the employment of non-Immigrants. Second, despite the recession for Europe as a whole, attitudes to immigration have not changed very much, and they have been influenced more by fiscal concerns than by rising unemployment. Third, while far right parties have used the recession to renew the political pressure for tougher immigration policies, governments have been constrained by the composition of immigration and by EU regulation.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: European immigration; Recession; Immigration policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 13:03
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:42
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12236

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