The past year has seen immigration issues dominate political agendas and news cycles around the world in an unprecedented fashion. The past 12 months have seen the most significant movement of war-related migration since the Second World War. More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in the last few months of 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.
Governments and their electorate were forced to identify their approach to humanitarian protection and their willingness to open their borders and societies to large numbers of migrants in genuine need of sanctuary and settlement. The policy approach to humanitarian migration then fed into the wider debate about border policy and skilled migration in many countries.
Security continues to be a major concern for all nations. Events in Paris and Brussels in particular have caused European governments to apply strict security and identity checks on applications for entry to their countries. Biometric identity cards have become a norm in most jurisdictions.
In all countries immigration policy is a constantly evolving body of law. Many recent significant procedural and regulatory changes are identified and set out in this new edition of our book. We are enormously grateful to the contributors to The Corporate Immigration Review for their outstanding input to the sixth edition.