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    Ethnicity has fluctuating relevance in Romanian migrants’ responses to stigmatisation in the UK

Ethnicity has fluctuating relevance in Romanian migrants’ responses to stigmatisation in the UK

Stigmatisation can sometimes strengthen ethnic solidarity or identification amongst migrants. Laura Morosanu explores how Romanian migrants in Britain have responded to stigmatisation. She finds that although there are attempts to redefine ethnicity to transfer the stigma away from individuals, many responses do not draw on ethnicity at all.

Migrants are often portrayed as associating with co-ethnics, emphasising ethnic belonging, or […]

While there are differences, there are also important similarities between the profiles of UKIP and BNP’s respective support bases

While UKIP has seen a rise in support, another party on the right, the BNP, have witnessed a dramatic decline. Heinz Brandenburg and Anders Widfeldt studied the similarities and differences between the UKIP and BNP support bases, finding that BNP fits the electoral profile of a radical right party better than UKIP in some ways; for instance, support for BNP is […]

Immigration does not undermine public support for social policies

In several European countries, commentators have linked the rise of anti-foreigner sentiments with rising levels of immigration. But do higher levels of immigration also undermine public support for social policies? Using survey data from 17 rich democracies, David Brady and Ryan Finnigan find little evidence to support this claim. They write that immigration may even encourage public support for the […]

February 1st, 2014|Immigration, USAPP|0 Comments|

White Flight in England? White attraction rather than repulsion seems to be the story

With concerns about immigration and integration a hot political topic, many point to the data showing that places with large increases of ethnic minority populations witnessed the greatest loss in white British population as a sign of distaste for diversity. However, research by Eric Kaufmann and colleagues into the spatial dispersion of white British and ethnic minority populations casts doubt on the […]

December 17th, 2013|Eric Kaufmann|7 Comments|

There is a positive and significant association between increases in the employment of migrant workers and labour productivity growth

New research from Cinzia Rienzo and colleagues at the NIESR finds that the increasing presence of immigrants in the labour force is associated with an increase in labour productivity. Specifically, a 1 percentage point change in immigrants as share of initial employment is associated with a change in labour productivity between 0.06 and 0.07 percent. The increasing number of immigrant workers in […]

November 27th, 2013|Cinzia Rienzo|1 Comment|

Residents of more ethnically diverse neighbourhoods actually reported higher levels of social cohesion

Debates over policy relating to immigration and ethnic diversity in the UK are highly charged and ideological. Many argue that immigration harms social cohesion because it increases the level of ethnic and racial diversity in local communities, which serves in turn to drive down trust and erode norms of reciprocity and cooperation. In contrast to the vast majority of existing investigations, Patrick […]

Tougher immigration measures increase fears of deportation, but do not change future migration plans

Continuing with his second term agenda in spite of the shutdown, President Obama recently called for Congress to pass an immigration reform bill by the end of the year. Looking back at the failed attempts in 2006 and 2007, it is clear that any bill will be accompanied by extensive debates over border security and enforcement. But how effective are […]

November 23rd, 2013|Immigration, USAPP|1 Comment|

Investigating British immigration policies: Greater fairness regarding immigration is in the interest of Britain

The Home Office “Go Home or Face Arrest” campaign which piloted in the summer drew complaints of racism and was later banned for being misleading. In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, a policy of greater fairness is in the interest of host countries, writes Hamza Siddiq. Messages like “Go Home or Face Arrest” or “This plane can take you […]

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