• Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the opening of the GAVI Alliance immunisations pledging conference in London, June 13 2011
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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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    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|

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