Reliance on Migrant Labour: Inevitability or Policy Choice? Bridget Anderson, Martin Ruhs

Introduction

This article discusses employer demand for migrant labour. We argue that the UK’s growing reliance on migrant workers cannot simply be explained by lax immigration controls or migrants’ superior ‘work ethic’. It arises from the complex interactions between institutions, public policies and social relations. A wide range of public policies have contributed to a growing demand for migrant workers in the UK.

Anderson, B. and Ruhs, M. (2012), ‘Reliance on Migrant Labour: Inevitability or Policy Choice?’, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20(1): 23-30