This briefing presents newly completed research from the UK case study of the EUMARGINS project which explores the inclusion and exclusion of young adult immigrants in seven European countries. The briefing focuses on the consequences that the restrictions and regulations imposed on young migrants have on their daily lives and sense of the future. A picture of young migrant London is drawn from thirty detailed biographical case studies where young migrants have been the active observers of their own lives.
The briefing argues that the debate about migration is dogged by policy promises that are unrealistic and impossible to deliver. It calls for more a more attainable, pragmatic and human turn in immigration policy that de-regulates the migrant experience and harnesses their desire to contribute and build communities of diversity.