David Cameron delivered his long-awaited speech on immigration last week, proposing to limit EU migrants’ access to the welfare system for their first 4 years in the country. Cecilia Bruzelius, Elaine Chase and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser point out that there is a lack of clear data informing the debate on immigration and that there is little acknowledgement of the fact that […]
The negative campaigning in Rochester and Strood may have long-lasting implications for attitudes towards immigrants and the poor
What impact may the Rochester and Strood campaign, which was primarily about immigration and its impact on the welfare system, have on the way its citizens perceive and interact with one another? Trude Sundberg looks at the research and argues that political campaigns coloured by anti-immigrant sentiments potentially have a long-lasting negative impact on citizens’ concern towards the living conditions of others in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]