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Immigration and the Nation-StateThe United States, Germany, and Great Britain$
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Christian Joppke

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295405.001.0001

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The Zero‐Immigration Country: Great Britain

The Zero‐Immigration Country: Great Britain

(p.100) 4 The Zero‐Immigration Country: Great Britain
Immigration and the Nation-State

Christian Joppke

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how Great Britain, sometimes described as having a ‘weak’ immigration control policy compared to continental Europe, has in fact displayed an exceptionally strong stance. The principle of parliamentary sovereignty and common law restraints have neutralized the courts as effective opponents of the executive, resulting in absolute Home Office control over immigration policy. Even family reunification and asylum‐granting decisions have been reduced to a trickle.

Keywords:   asylum, Great Britain, immigration

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