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Immigration policy under New Labour: Exploring a critical juncture

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Immigration policy under New Labour : Exploring a critical juncture. / Consterdine, Erica; Hampshire, James.

In: British Politics, Vol. 9, No. 3, 01.01.2014, p. 275-296.

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Consterdine, Erica ; Hampshire, James. / Immigration policy under New Labour : Exploring a critical juncture. In: British Politics. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 275-296.

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