He killed the bill: Britons living abroad for more than 15 years still don’t have a vote

Britons who have lived abroad for more than 15 years lose the right to vote in UK elections. This would have changed had a Private Member’s Bill with government support passed last month – but a Conservative MP talked it out. Susan Collard (University of Sussex) says the incident reveals the shortcomings of parliamentary democracy.
MPs’ attempts to take over […]

British governments could have allayed public fears about EU migration. They chose not to

Britain could have used the powers the EU gives it to remove EU migrants who were not working, studying or self-sufficient, writes Louis Carserides. It could even have cracked down on benefit payments in order to reassure those worried about the ‘costs’ of migration. But a lack of political will, as well as a desire to scapegoat the EU, […]

Manufacturing workers were especially likely to support Brexit

What socio-economic characteristics were associated with a Leave vote? Leonardo S. Alaimo (far left) and Luigi M. Solivetti (Sapienza University of Rome) use Local Government District data and find that voters with GCSE-level education, and manufacturing workers in particular, were most likely to support Brexit.

Uncertainties still remain about what drove the Leave vote in the EU referendum. Our research […]

Brexit poses major risks to social policy in the UK

Kitty Stewart (LSE) looks at the implications of Brexit for health, education and housing, as well as workers’ rights, and concludes that it poses major risks to  social policy. While some of these may have been apparent to voters, it is difficult to imagine that they anticipated the scale and breadth of some of the less direct effects.

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The UK’s new post-Brexit immigration plan is surreal and cynical

The publication of the British government’s white paper for a post-Brexit immigration system is long overdue. But coming so late in the day, with such uncertainty continuing about what Brexit will look like, much of what’s being proposed feels quite surreal, writes Emma Carmel (University of Bath).

The UK’s immigration system is currently a malfunctioning mess. It’s overly complicated, opaque and weighed […]

January 14th, 2019|Featured, Migration|2 Comments|
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    Thermostatic public opinion: why UK anti-immigrant sentiments rise and then fall

Thermostatic public opinion: why UK anti-immigrant sentiments rise and then fall

Contrary to popular narratives, there has been a collapse in anti-immigrant hostility in Britain, evident since the run-up to the 2016 referendum. Patrick English (University of Exeter) explains how the success of the BNP and UKIP may have caused this fall and argues that recent changes may be seen as confirming the ‘thermostatic’ character of British public opinion.

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    The parochial altruist: why voters are sceptical about immigration

The parochial altruist: why voters are sceptical about immigration

Why are many – even unprejudiced – people sceptical about immigration? Alexander Kustov (Princeton University) shows this scepticism is largely because they think freer immigration will damage their own country. Despite their ethnic biases and other concerns, most voters can support increased immigration if they see that these policies benefit their compatriots in a clear and straightforward way.
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December 18th, 2018|Featured, Migration|6 Comments|

How EU migrants have propped up Britain’s social care

Last week NIESR published new research for the Cavendish Coalition on the implications of Brexit for the health and social care sector.  Their conclusions are stark:  Brexit is likely to lead to a substantial shortfall in nurses and doctors which needs to be urgently addressed by new immigration policy, writes Heather Rolfe (NIESR). However, while the implications of any future immigration […]

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    Curiosity, intelligence and spirit of adventure: challenging misconceptions about low-skilled EU migrants

Curiosity, intelligence and spirit of adventure: challenging misconceptions about low-skilled EU migrants

Curiosity, intelligence and spirit of adventure are the attributes of many low-skilled migrants to the United Kingdom. In this post, Simone Varriale challenges the misconceptions about EU migrants in the current debate. He presents two stories of Italian migrants that explain why dangerous assumptions about low-skilled migration should not feed into policy proposals, and why the government’s current post-Brexit immigration plans […]

October 31st, 2018|Featured, Migration|3 Comments|

Race, class and Brexit: how did we get here?

Although the anti-immigration feeling expressed by the Leave vote was ostensibly directed at other Europeans, racist hate crime also surged immediately after the EU referendum. Brendan McGeever (Birkbeck, University of London) (left) and Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow) locate the causes of Brexit in neoliberalism, the decline of working-class solidarity, and the emergence of a new politics of racist resentment.

The neoliberal settlement in […]