Immigration

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    A comprehensive look at the Coalition Government’s record on immigration

A comprehensive look at the Coalition Government’s record on immigration

In this article, Jonathan Portes examines the Coalition Government’s record on immigration, looking at each of the main routes for those coming to the UK from outside the European Economics Area (EEA): for work, for study, for family formation or reunion, and for asylum, as well as policies relating to free movement within the EEA. The next government, regardless of its political […]

Year in review: the immigration debate

Immigration became an increasingly important, and toxic, issue this past year. To mark the end of 2014 we’ve compiled our top articles on the topic, ranging from EU migration and ‘benefit tourism’ to detention centres and the business of building fences. To view all our articles on immigration, click here.
1. It is important to move away from ambiguous concepts such as ‘benefit tourism’ and […]

December 29th, 2014|Featured, Immigration|0 Comments|
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    The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

An increasingly narrow UK migration debate is centred on the shared desire to keep poor migrants out, with many arguing that mass immigration exacerbates inequality. But, as a new book by Katy Long shows, there is in fact overwhelming evidence that enabling freedom of movement can play a vital role in combating poverty and opening up opportunity, not just for immigrants and […]

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    The academic evidence regarding immigration is overwhelmingly positive

The academic evidence regarding immigration is overwhelmingly positive

While national politicians continue to speak about immigration in negative terms, the academic evidence is overwhelmingly positive. Migrants tend to be highly-skilled on average, contribute substantially to the economy, and do not compete with natives for social housing. Moreover, there is no evidence that crime rates have been on the rise as a result of new immigration waves. Neli Demireva writes that there is […]

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    Inadequate data and the weakness of the state: Two factors missing in the EU migration debate

Inadequate data and the weakness of the state: Two factors missing in the EU migration debate

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 […]

December 4th, 2014|Featured, Immigration|0 Comments|

The mainstream press has lost its balance on immigration

In trying to understand the dynamics of the public debate on immigration, Alex Balch and co-author Ekaterina Balabanova analysed over 500 newspaper articles in 2006 and 2013 to see the range of moral justifications employed when discussing immigration controls. They found a reduction in the range and balance of ideas informing the debate by 2013, with more liberal parts of the press following the right-wing focus on domestic social justice and security threats. He argues […]

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    The negative campaigning in Rochester and Strood may have long-lasting implications for attitudes towards immigrants and the poor

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 […]

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    What explains the ascent of immigration and the EU as the foremost concerns of the British public?

What explains the ascent of immigration and the EU as the foremost concerns of the British public?

Are fears about immigration and consternation over the EU just based in myths? And if so, what makes these myths so resilient? Max Hänska writes perhaps the reason immigration and the EU hold sway in framing people’s grievances is more pernicious than that it is so arrestingly simple and satisfies our emotional desire to identify a culprit. Perhaps appropriate explanations are inconvenient […]

November 27th, 2014|Featured, Immigration|0 Comments|