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Maintaining ‘Fortress Britain’?
Maintaining ‘fortress Britain’?

Analysing developments in British immigration policy and politics gives a robust test to some of the ideas outlined in the introductory chapter. What could European migration and immigration politics mean for a country that has enacted strict controls on immigration, opted out of key EU developments, and looked to North America rather than Europe for policy lessons when developing its immigrant policies? The particularity of the British national response seemed to be reaffirmed when in 2001 and 2002 – in response to urban unrest in some English towns and then after the September 11 attacks on New York – there was a renewed debate about the meaning of national citizenship, as well as ...

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