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    Lifting the visa cap for nurses and doctors is not all the NHS needs to relieve its staff shortages

Lifting the visa cap for nurses and doctors is not all the NHS needs to relieve its staff shortages

With the NHS facing rapidly depleting staff numbers, can disaster be avoided? Olivia Bridge explains what is causing this problem and whether the government’s actions so far – in particular the decision to exclude doctors and nurses from Tier 2 Visa caps – are enough to address it.

With the NHS nearing its 70th birthday, many healthcare professionals raised awareness to […]

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    Bulgarians in London: a community of strength, but one hidden in the shadows

Bulgarians in London: a community of strength, but one hidden in the shadows

Many Bulgarians have moved to the UK since the early-2000s but, as Maria Koinova notes, little research has been conducted on their views on life in Britain. Drawing on a new survey of Bulgarians in London, she writes that the Bulgarian community is notably different from the way it has been portrayed in the British media.

On 3 May, researchers […]

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    Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Drawing on new research, Simon Burgess and Lucinda Platt argue that greater mixing of pupils from different ethnicities would be beneficial for social integration.

Social cohesion is high on the political agenda. Understanding how to foster social integration is central to the recently-published Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper and to the Mayor of London’s Social Integration Strategy. A particular interest […]

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    Overseas Electors Bill: does government really intend to give expats ‘votes for life’?

Overseas Electors Bill: does government really intend to give expats ‘votes for life’?

Will the Overseas Electors Bill, proposing to give Britons living abroad the right to vote in UK elections for life, make it beyond second reading? Sue Collard puts recent developments in their wider context and explains their potential implications. She argues that if government does indeed mean business, then the issue is far too important to those affected to […]

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    Why culture is more important than skills: understanding British public opinion on immigration

Why culture is more important than skills: understanding British public opinion on immigration

Opposition to immigration is largely cultural and psychological, and policy will have to address this, writes Eric Kaufmann. He provides recent survey evidence that backs his argument, and explains why current policy-making seems to be based on the wrong assumptions.

The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus was released in January. […]

Lost between the lines: the life and death of multiculturalism in Britain

Karolina Czerska-Shaw reassesses the overarching strategies that have developed over the last 50 years in relation to the integration of immigrants in Britain. She explains how the country has come to adopt a more civic integration approach over the last decade, in the form of a citizenship and language test. 

The impact of immigration has, for long, been at the […]

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    Winning back votes from the far right: does the centre right’s focus on immigration pay off?

Winning back votes from the far right: does the centre right’s focus on immigration pay off?

With the rise of far-right parties in Europe during the 2000s, some centre-right parties spotted an opportunity to win back votes by pivoting towards immigration. James F Downes and Matthew Loveless find that they were more successful if they were out of government at the time. Incumbent centre-right parties, on the other hand, struggled to cut through on the issue.

What has driven the […]

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    Europe’s ageing societies require immigration to survive – and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay

Europe’s ageing societies require immigration to survive – and that means anti-immigration politics is here to stay

Opposition to immigration is typically cited as one of the key factors behind Brexit and the growth of new populist parties across Europe. Nate Breznau writes that, with many European countries requiring immigration to compensate for ageing populations, the future is likely to see both a significant increase in immigration and a further rise in the salience of anti-immigration […]