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NCJ Number: 202682 Find in a Library
Title: To These Wet and Windy Shoes: Recent Immigration Policy in the UK
Journal: Punishment & Society  Volume:5  Issue:4  Dated:October 2003  Pages:449-462
Author(s): Jock Young
Date Published: October 2003
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines recent immigration policy in the United Kingdom focusing in on the White Paper, Secure Borders, Safe Haven: Integration with Diversity in Modern Britain written as an outcome of the 2001 riots in Northern English cities.
Abstract: Three events shaped recent British immigration policy: (1) the repeated attempt by illegal immigrants to board the freight and passenger trains at Sangatte; (2) the riots which occurred in the North of England in 2001; and (3) the extremely hostile reception to the dispersal of immigrants in disturbances in various towns. Several documents arose from the riots which occurred in the North of England. The most important or most pivotal was the White Paper, Secure Borders, Safe Haven: Integration with Diversity in Modern Britain. This paper represents the application of such inclusionary principles to the problem of immigration. The push is on propelling forces of globalization, the economic gains of incorporation, and the need for inclusion. It talks of cultural inclusion and then economic inclusion. This article discusses the form of cultural inclusion it takes. The White Paper is multiculturalist and advocates both economic and refugee immigration. It welcomes the cultural and economic contribution to Britain of the immigrant communities. Its policy solution is social inclusionary, seeking a diverse population with a common citizenship and sense of civil virtue and responsibility. This policy is a significant change from that of the 1980's and 1990's. However, criticisms of this White Paper are presented and revolve around a more general critique of New Labor’s underlying doctrine of social inclusion, both in its economic and cultural dimensions. References
Main Term(s): Immigrants/Aliens
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Economic analysis; Economic influences; Foreign policies; Illegal Immigrants/Aliens; Immigration offenses; Policy; Policy analysis; United Kingdom (UK)
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