A Short History of Immigration Law (Introductory)

CPD Points: 2

Length of course: 2 hours

About this course

This course was published in December 2023. This short course will provide an overview of the history of how immigration law developed in the United Kingdom. It is designed for anyone who wants to understand how the law became what it is today and, for example, what happened to the Windrush generation.

The course is only available to paying members of Free Movement. If you are not already a member, you can join here and access not just this course but all of our courses. Membership starts from £22 plus VAT per month, or £220 plus VAT for annual membership, and you can cancel at any time. We also offer corporate and group membership options.

You can check out the course contents below.

Modules within this course..

  1. Before immigration control

    This course begins by exploring the operation of common law. We look at 'subjects', 'aliens' and 'denizens', and the royal prerogative.

  2. Early immigration control of aliens

    This module covers the legislation introduced in the early-20th century and the effect this had on aliens.

  3. British subjects: 1948 to 1988

    This module looks at British subjects - the principal nationality status under the British Nationality Act 1948 - and the introduction of the term 'Commonwealth citizen'. We cover key immigration legislation introduced between 1948 and 1988 and the effect that this had on certain populations, such as East African Asians.

  4. Unification of controls

    This module covers the Immigration Act 1971; effectively a consolidation of powers already conferred on the government by existing immigration legislation and the foundation of immigration control today. We look at the terms 'patrials' and 'right of abode', and consider the criminal offences arising from the unified regime.

  5. The new citizenship

    This module covers the changes wrought by the British Nationality Act 1981 and the Immigration Act 1988. We look at who acquired and who did not acquire the new British citizenship status on 1 January 1983, the alternatives to British citizenship status (such as British Overseas Citizens and British Dependent (or Overseas) Territory Citizens) and the Windrush generation.

  6. Final quiz and feedback form

    In this final module, you can test what you have learnt in our Short History of Immigration Law quiz. As ever, we are grateful for any feedback you have - please complete the form in the final unit.

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