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Lawful and fair: Building a better migration system


Migration policy in Britain is failing. It does not work for communities, it does not work for the economy, and it does not work for migrants themselves.

The British public want a sensible, workable, middle-ground solution – a fair and lawful migration system. In this publication, Sarah Mulley and Will Somerville set out the principles which should underpin a new system. They argue that migration rules must be fair, they must be grounded in democratic consent and they must respect people’s rights under the law

Reform will require institutional change across the piece, as well as confident political leadership of the public debate. This pamphlet aims to provide a useful first step in setting out how this might be achieved.


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Sarah Mulley

Sarah Mulley is a freelance researcher and consultant. She has worked on migration policy in central and regional government (most recently as Executive Director, Communities & Skills, at the Greater London Authority); as well as conducting research into migration and related issues over the past 15 years, including leading on migration at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Will Somerville

Will Somerville is the UK Senior Fellow for the Migration Policy Institute and a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield. He has written more than 60 articles and books on migration over the last 20 years and has advised more than a dozen governments in Europe and North America. He is also the UK Director of Unbound Philanthropy.

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