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    The data suggests a connection between UKIP support, skills and immigration

The data suggests a connection between UKIP support, skills and immigration

Looking at data at the ward level on qualifications and immigration, Steven Ayres finds that UKIP support seems to be affected by the interaction effect between accession country diasporas and poorly qualified UK-born residents. Evidence from areas that UKIP have not done quite as well appears to reinforce this idea.

Speculation regarding the how, why, and who of UKIP successes over recent years has continued to amass over […]

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    Five minutes with Jonathan Portes: “Policy-makers need to be much more open about the benefits of immigration”

Five minutes with Jonathan Portes: “Policy-makers need to be much more open about the benefits of immigration”

The right to free movement is one of the founding principles of the European Union, however it has also been a source of controversy, particularly among Eurosceptics in the UK and across the UK. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, discusses the economic costs and […]

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    How has the UK national press described Bulgarians and Romanians?

How has the UK national press described Bulgarians and Romanians?

In new research, Dora-Olivia Vicol and William Allen examine how the media reported on Bulgarians and Romanians in the run-up to transitional controls being lifted. A textual analysis revealed that the nouns identified as explicitly ‘Romanian’ tended to centre around criminality and economic poverty, and this was especially the case in tabloids. 

On 1 January 2014, transitional controls placed on Bulgarians and […]

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    The increasingly hostile environment to immigration is unjust and short-sighted

The increasingly hostile environment to immigration is unjust and short-sighted

The government’s efforts to bring down net migration have had significant negative impacts on migrants in the UK and those seeking to come here, writes Ruth Grove-White. She argues that treating immigration as a numbers game, to be dealt with through increasingly tough measures felt at the community level, is a short-sighted approach.

As the 2015 general election draws closer, the position […]

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    Inside immigration detention centres: Uncoupling detention from a criminal justice imagination

Inside immigration detention centres: Uncoupling detention from a criminal justice imagination

Mary Bosworth’s research investigates immigration detentions centres in the UK. She argues that the potentially open-ended nature of detention has a profound effect on staff and detainees, making it difficult for the former to plan a regime while, for the latter, creating an environment of uncertainty. The current system is not inevitable, and so, she argues, we need to spend […]

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    There is nothing inherently exclusionary about uniting around ‘British values’ that celebrate democratic institutions and liberalism

There is nothing inherently exclusionary about uniting around ‘British values’ that celebrate democratic institutions and liberalism

The Prime Minister’s proposal to teach ‘British values’ in primary and secondary schools was criticised for being exclusionary. Clara Sandelind suggests that it is indeed possible, and even desirable, to incorporate universal liberal values as part of a British identity. She points out that national pride in Britain is increasingly attached to pride in the way democracy works, and that such national pride can form the basis […]

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    Turning off the European migration tap may actually hasten ethnic change in Britain, ironically leading to an own-goal for UKIP

Turning off the European migration tap may actually hasten ethnic change in Britain, ironically leading to an own-goal for UKIP

Anti-prejudice norms condition the way people express their opposition to immigration – stressing European rather than non-European migrants, economic over cultural motivations. So, opposition to European immigration may be a veiled way of expressing deeper concerns over racial change. At the same time, assimilation mitigates ethnic change; a significant number of European immigrants shift to White British identity over time. If […]

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    Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The rise in income and wealth inequality that began from the 1970s onwards has become a housing problem in the end”

Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The rise in income and wealth inequality that began from the 1970s onwards has become a housing problem in the end”

Danny Dorling is Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. His most recent book is entitled All That Is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster (published by Allen Lane in spring 2014). In this interview with Joel Suss, managing editor of the British Politics and Policy blog, he traces the roots of the housing crisis in the UK, connects the […]

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