‘How do you think I feel? It’s my country’: Belonging, entitlement and the politics of immigration

Michael Skey

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Current debates around immigration are informed by hierarchies of belonging with some groups seen to belong more, and therefore deserve more, than others. This link between belonging and entitlement has been predominantly analysed in relation to struggles over access to key material benefits, such as jobs, housing, healthcare and so on. This paper will argue that these struggles also point to the continuing relevance of nationhood to many people’s sense of self, community and place and the value that comes from being positioned, and recognised, as part of a group that lies at the heart of national life and culture. In other words, the ‘politics of immigration’ is about the anxieties and concerns of those who no longer feel ‘at home’ in what they consider to be ‘their’ country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-332
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2014


  • UKIP
  • UK
  • Politics
  • Immigration
  • Ethnicity

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