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Buying into myths: free movement of people and immigration

Thielemann, Eiko R. and Schade, Daniel (2016) Buying into myths: free movement of people and immigration. Political Quarterly, 87 (2). pp. 139-147. ISSN 0032-3179

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-923X.12246


The way in which free movement of people has become the central issue of the British government’s renegotiation and referendum campaign on the UK’s relationship with the EU risks obfuscating at least three central issues: why immigrants are coming to the UK; what impact EU migrants are having on the UK; and what can be done to effectively regulate such inflows. It is, however, not just the Eurosceptics and the British government but also ‘in campaigners’ and other EU member states who risk perpetuating a number of widely-held misconceptions about free movement and immigration for political reasons. Buying into such myths risks to undermine attempts to have a more honest and more evidence-based debate about immigration and migrant integration.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors. © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd.
Divisions: European Institute
International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 11:17
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:15

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