Sirriyeh, A (2015) All you need is love and £18,600: class and the new UK family migration rules. Critical Social Policy, 35 (2). pp. 228-247. ISSN 1461-703X

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Abstract

In July 2012 the Conservative–Liberal Democrat Coalition government introduced a new set of family migration rules. These rules set a sharp increase in the minimum income threshold for people sponsoring partners and children to join them in the UK. Consequently, there has been a significant reduction in the number of visas granted through the family migration route. This article explores the themes of class in connection to transnational relationships and citizenship in the formulation of the new family migration rules, in the justifications that have been made for the rules and in the impact of the rules on applicants. It is argued that in the context of international migration and transnational relationships, class-based moralism and regulation has been entwined with exclusionary discourses on ethnicity, national belonging and citizenship and has been extended beyond the nation-state border towards the governing of particular kinds of international family.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ©Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords: class, family migration, integration, marriage, migration
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Criminology and Sociology
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2016 15:49
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/846

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