Yvonni Markaki

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    It is important to move away from ambiguous concepts such as ‘benefit tourism’ and focus on actual numbers

It is important to move away from ambiguous concepts such as ‘benefit tourism’ and focus on actual numbers

Politicians in the UK of all stripes have voiced conern about ‘benefit tourism’. But how many people actually come to take advantage of the UK welfare system? One possible way of informing the debate is to move away from vague concepts and estimate the number of people who may fit the media narrative. Looking at recent EU migrants of working […]

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    Mind the gap: There is a gulf between the perceived and estimated effects of immigration

Mind the gap: There is a gulf between the perceived and estimated effects of immigration

In this article, Yvonni Markaki summarises empirical research investigating opposition to immigration to the UK. Overall, her findings illustrate a gap between how the public perceives the impact of immigration and the effects of immigration found by researchers and specialists.

In response to popular concerns over the impact of immigration, the UK coalition government promised to reduce net immigration from its then current 250,000 to ‘tens of thousands’ by […]