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Living on the MarginsUndocumented Migrants in A Global City$
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Alice Bloch and Sonia McKay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319368

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319368.001.0001

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Policy, law and rights

Policy, law and rights

(p.27) Two Policy, law and rights
Living on the Margins

Alice Bloch

Sonia McKay

Policy Press

The focus of this chapter on the creation and positioning of undocumented migrants within policy, law and human rights frameworks. We explore the European agreements, international rights’ frameworks and the role of citizenship as a mechanism for inclusion and exclusion and locate some recent developments within the UK immigration and asylum policies within that general framework. The chapter argues that it is states and not migrants that foster undocumented migration, as a product of tightening immigration controls. By focusing on the key instruments which governments have resorted to in destination countries, as a response to migrants and undocumented migration, the chapter demonstrates that none of the legislative measures introduced is positioned to answer the problems they raise in relation to undocumented migration. The measures which EU Member States, in particular have adopted, represent crude responses to a much wider problem of uneven development, poverty in many areas of the world and the attraction to employers of labour that is not in a position to complain and which cannot assert its rights.

Keywords:   Immigration policy, Human rights, Undocumented migrants, Citizenship, Europe

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