Migration, border security and the EU referendum

The Leave campaign argues Brexit would give Britain back its control over immigration. Even if that were true, the current situation suggests control best comes through cooperation, says Conservative MP Damian Green. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Migration is one of the most emotive topics in the debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union. For those who favour … Continue reading Migration, border security and the EU referendum

Who will offer a winning vision of immigration after the referendum?

Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications for British Future, says Brexit campaigners have yet to offer credible visions on immigration that address voters concerns while also acknowledging certain realities. Whichever side does so will greatly improve their chances in June. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Immigration is not the only issue in the EU referendum – it is not even … Continue reading Who will offer a winning vision of immigration after the referendum?

There’s no love for the EU or immigration, but voters must ask ‘what are the alternatives?’

Free movement is part and parcel of continued access to European markets. Stephen Booth, co-director of Open Europe asks if it is worth sacrificing the latter to reduce the former? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s second guest editor week on openDemocracy. Given the recent political history of immigration in Britain, is it surprising that the issue now tops the political agenda and that public trust in politicians on this … Continue reading There’s no love for the EU or immigration, but voters must ask ‘what are the alternatives?’

A confident UK has nothing to fear from free movement of labour

Migration brings net gains to the UK, and to hamper it would likely be as bad for British nationals as it would be for EU migrants, contends Ian Preston, UCL Professor of Economics and Deputy Research Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s second guest editor week on openDemocracy. Freedom of movement is at the core … Continue reading A confident UK has nothing to fear from free movement of labour

EU freedom of movement and Brexit

Sofia Vasilopoulou, lecturer in Politics at the University of York, says EU migration could be the make or break issue of the Brexit campaigns. Both sides understand this, but how will they approach the topic? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy. Britain goes to the polls on 23 June to decide whether the country will remain in the European Union (EU) … Continue reading EU freedom of movement and Brexit