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Last update 29-November-2016


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The issue of immigration has gained a very prominent position in British political debate in recent years, and most notably so in connection with the EU referendum in June this year.

In this context, the discussion focused mainly on work migration from other EU countries to the UK. However, it also addressed anxieties about non-European migration, notably with reference to the refugee crisis and the prospect of Turkish EU membership.

In the opening article of British Politics Review 4-16, Lord Hain reflects upon the Syrian tragedy, and on why the refugee crisis unfolded the way it did. Cathrine Thorleifsson looks at the role immigration has played in UKIP's rise, whereas Henry Allen addresses the key free movement of persons-principle, and how that might fare in the process of dismembering Britain from the EU.  John Todd explores the anti-immigration narratives presented during the referendum campaign.

Asher Boersma looks at the Channel Tunnel, and the now two-decades-old challenge of immigrants desperately trying to make their way to Britain through the tunnel. Finally, Gavin Schaffer reminds us that while immigration to the UK is by no means a new phenomenon. Indeed, attempts to restrict immigration - combined with attempts to quell domestic racism – was a dominant feature of British immigration policies in the post-war period.
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Northern Ireland
Ten years after the St. Andrews Agreement

On 30 September 2016, British Politics Society had the pleasure of inviting its members and friends to an autumn seminar on Northern Ireland, featuring two distinguished speakers: Lord Hain of Neath and Dr. Peter McLoughlin.

Lord Hain, who was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2005 to 2007, reflected on how the process leading up to the St. Andrews Agreement of 2006 might be relevant to contemporary conflict resolution. Dr. McLoughlin, who is a Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, offered his thoughts on the State of Northern Ireland today.

The two talks were followed by a lively Q&A session, led by British Politics Society’s John Todd. The seminar was opened by BPS leader Atle Wold, and it took place at Georg Sverdrups hus at the University of Oslo.


Join BPS in 2017!

Membership in the British Politics Society is open to everyone with an interest in British politics, culture, and society.

BPS membership for one year costs NOK 200,- and gives the following benefits:
  • The right to vote at our Annual General Meeting 

Established in June 2006, the overall objective of the BPS is to raise the general interest and knowledge about Britain and British politics in Norway and to maintain a scholarly network for people with an interest in such matters. 

Our core activities include the staging of occasional events and the publication of the quarterly journal British Politics Review.

The current board consists of four people, all based in the academic community in Oslo. 

Send us an e-mail to learn more!
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Although often confused for the UK as a whole, England - as a country and nation - is also much forgotten. The English voted to leave the EU (54%), in stark opposition to the Scots (38%). At the same time, there are calls for an England-only Parliament, or vetoes on MPs from the Nations, in order to answer the so-called 'West Lothian Question'.

Thus, while there are tensions both between England and Brussels and England and the other nations of the UK, there are also tensions within England. The North-South divide remains important, economically and and politically, with politicians talking about the new Northern Powerhouse  at the same time as London continues to be seen by many as exceptional and different. The English have felt the ire of the other nations for centuries, having held the main seat of power and making up the majority of the population of the British Isles. What issues face the English now, in a time of significant political change?

The winter edition of BPR is due to arrive in February 2017. Please contact us if you wish to contribute!

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