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This paper explores one potential approach to developing a framework to assess how UK immigration policies compare to those of other countries. The analysis that follows is based on a methodology that allows the wide range of different visas available under different countries’ immigration systems to be combined into a few key routes of entry (for example, skilled labour, study, family and so forth).
These routes of entry are then compared against a standard set of questions in order to assess the ways in which different countries control applications by migrants in each of these routes.