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A two-way street: how to make immigration work

Opponents of immigration have two main concerns: that immigrants are bad for our economy because they force wages down, and bad for our culture for they are at odds with our liberal views. Here, Randall Hansen writes that anti-liberal attitudes need to be challenged whatever their source – minorities who oppose liberal values or Europeans who scapegoat Muslims. He […]

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    Economic solutions are unlikely to ease immigration concerns

Economic solutions are unlikely to ease immigration concerns

 Immigration is a huge element of contemporary political debate, and it continues to divide and polarise opinion, while fuelling the rise of UKIP and other radical parties across Europe. Here, Craig Johnson and Sunil Rodger argue that while hostility to immigration may be in part to do with economics, a sunny economic outlook is unlikely to reassure immigration-sceptics of […]

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    The net migration target may have failed, but it has shifted the way we debate immigration

The net migration target may have failed, but it has shifted the way we debate immigration

The latest ONS figures suggest that net migration to the UK has hit a new record, meaning that the UK government’s pledge to reduce net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’ seems further than ever from being achieved. Christina Boswell explains that while the target is a failure, it has nonetheless managed to make the immigration debate one of […]

November 28th, 2015|Featured, Immigration|2 Comments|
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    We have been overlooking the relationship between immigration and international trade in services

We have been overlooking the relationship between immigration and international trade in services

The volume of international trade in services has grown rapidly over recent decades and, in fact, has outpaced growth in goods trade. Over the same period many developed countries experienced rapid growth in immigration. Gianmarco Ottaviano, Giovanni Peri and Greg Wright argue that while many studies have analysed the link between immigrants and trade in goods, the link between […]

Immigration may reduce the time you wait to see the doctor

Migrants’ access to the NHS is part of an ongoing debate in the UK, with the Home Secretary recently arguing that it is “obvious” that migration has an impact on the availability of NHS services. Looking at the impact of immigration on NHS waiting times, Osea Giuntella, Catia Nicodemo and Carlos Vargas-Silva explain that services in areas with a […]

October 13th, 2015|Featured, Immigration, NHS|6 Comments|

Why the EU should consider decriminalising people smuggling

EU member states agreed on 14 September to strengthen actions against people smugglers in the Mediterranean as part of their response to the ongoing migration crisis. Mollie Gerver writes that instead of scaling up actions against smugglers, a better option may be to decriminalise the practice. She argues that criminal sanctions against people smuggling are counter-productive on the basis […]

September 25th, 2015|Featured, Immigration|2 Comments|
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    Connecting discontent with austerity and support for migrants

Connecting discontent with austerity and support for migrants

In the wave of support for welcoming refugees there has been a surprising silence about the situation of asylum seekers already in the UK, writes Bridget Anderson. If we are to avoid a competition between marginalised and impoverished groups it is necessary to make the argument that better services for Syrian arrivals must mean better services for everybody.

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What would UK immigration policy look like after Brexit?

What impact would Britain leaving the EU have on UK immigration policy? Jonathan Portes writes that exiting the EU would not be a magic solution to immigration problems. For a start, the UK would have to accept an exit from the single market and make alternative plans. He argues that difficult policy questions would still remain, as recent data […]

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