Citizenship and Belonging: Immigration and the Politics of by James Hampshire

By James Hampshire

James Hampshire explores the politics of immigration in postwar Britain and exhibits how principles of race, demography and belonging intertwined to form immigration coverage. it's the first publication to provide an explanation for immigration when it comes to the politics of demographic governance - how states deal with and keep watch over their populations - and gives a miles wanted historic context to present debates. moreover, the booklet develops new views at the ways that racialized rules stimulated politics and policy-making.

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An annual quota for each category was set by the government and operated on a first come, first served basis. The original annual quota for Categories A and B was 20,800 and for Category C it was 10,000. Category C was variable and could be changed according to the needs of the British economy. • Dependants had a right of entry. Dependants were defined in the Act as the wives and children under the age of 16 of primary immigrants (see Chapter 5 for more on this). • Immigrants could be refused admission if they had been convicted of a crime which was subject to extradition, were considered by the Home Secretary to pose a national security risk, or were judged by a 30 Citizenship and Belonging medical inspector to be suffering from a mental disorder or to be a public health risk (this last point is discussed in Chapter 6).

83 Whilst this assessment is broadly correct, there was also criticism from outside liberal circles: for example, Auberan Waugh wrote in The Spectator that CIA 1968 was ‘one of the most immoral pieces of legislation to have emerged from any British Parliament’. 84 CIA 1968 was the final nail in the coffin of the rhetoric of Civis Britannicus sum, which had sounded increasingly hollow since 1962 in any case. Within the category of CUKC there were now two distinct statuses, one with the right of entry to the United Kingdom, one without.

The governments of West African territories have taken special steps to hinder the issue of passports and travel documents to men not known to follow regular employment and whose financial position is not sound. In those colonial territories from which most of the coloured immigrants come publicity has been given to the fact that accommodation over here is hard to find and unskilled workers have difficulty in getting employment. 18 If the creation of administrative obstacles reveals the Government’s desire to impede and limit colonial immigration, the question arises why restrictive legislation was not passed until 1962.

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