The Sangatte Work-Visa Holders: A ‘Natural Experiment’ in Immigration Policy

Bill Jordan, Philip Brown

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In view of the prominence of immigration issues in the 2005 general election, research evidence on policy initiatives is at a premium. This article argues that, despite claims of evidenced-based principles, the Home Office has been selective in its investigations. In particular, the authors argue for a full-scale study of the innovative ‘work-visa holder’ status given to the last cohort of Sangatte immigrants, and report on their qualitative investigation of the subsequent careers and experiences of 15 Iraqi Kurds granted work-visas in December 2002.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-521
Number of pages13
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Issue number3
Early online date22 Mar 2006
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


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