2023-7 – Beyond the Oil Shock Myth: The Real Roots of Europe’s Immigration Controls

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1973 oil crisis this autumn, it is crucial to address a common misconception: the belief that the oil embargo, primarily led by Arab nations, catalysed a shift towards restrictive immigration policies in numerous European countries, laying the foundation for enduring restrictions on immigration from the Global South. The oil crisis has been largely overstated in its impact on altering immigration policies.

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