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A Nation of Immigrants?: A brief demographic history of Britain

David Conway, April 2007

David Conway takes issue with those who minimise the threat posed by mass immigration. He argues that from the time England can be considered to have become a nation, immigration has never risen above very low levels and had no serious demographic impact until the last part of the 20th century. Since 1997, however, Tony Blair’s Labour government effectively abandoned even the goal of limiting immigration. As a result, by encouraging unending mass immigration as a permanent feature of the political landscape, there may result a disintegration of the bonds that hold together the group of people that constitutes a nation.

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