Book Review: Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice

Date01 May 1996
DOI10.1177/002201839606000209
Published date01 May 1996
BOOK REVIEW
Macdonald's Immigration Law and Practice. By
IAN
A
MACDONALD
AND
NICHOLAS
J
BLAKE.
London: Butterworths. Price: £98. HB.
If ever there were a subject where the newly qualified, bright lawyer might be
advised to specialise, it is immigration. Consider the serious end of the National
Press. Almost every day, there is a story about someone awaiting deportation,
about asylum seekers, about overstayers, about movement of labour within the
ElJ, and many other similar issues. Problems relating to immigration seem never
to be out of the news, and yet such is the complexity of the statutory and case law
framework it is hardly a subject for the general lawyer. Among its attractions
must be the degree of specialisation necessary and the importance of lateral
thinking across a whole range of related provisions, together, of course, with the
considerable pro bono element in this sphere of activity.
As a trusty guide, through what would otherwise be the impenetrable maze of
immigration law, we now have the fourth edition of Macdonald, thoroughly revised
to take account of the important and not-so-important changes in this field since
the previous edition in
1991.
The work encompasses detailed consideration of the
British Nationality Acts 1948-1981, EC law and related obligations, the rights and
obligations of visitors to the UK, the law relating to refugeesand asylum seekers,
and of potential deportees. The Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act
1993
is
given detailed coverageand there is, of course, much else besides.
The authors do not forbear to trade a few punches when they deem it
appropriate. About the Immigration Rules that came into force on I October
1994,
the authors assert, 'Simple to administer and too bad for compensation and
basic human rights!' When considering the abolition of frontier controls to
facilitate greater ease of movement between European countries, we are told that,
'if
the abolition of internal frontiers in Europe means erecting an unprecedented
regime of internal surveillance and a great fortress mentality, the whole object of
the exercise of free movement will soon be set at nought'.
This work is now wellestablished, and rightly so. Its authors contrive to make
it both comprehensive and readable, no mean feat given the complex nature of the
subject matter. For practitioners specialising in immigration law, this work can be
regarded as indispensable.
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