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    Perceptions and reality: Ten things we should know about attitudes to immigration in the UK

Perceptions and reality: Ten things we should know about attitudes to immigration in the UK

Looking at the data on attitudes towards immigration, Bobby Duffy highlights ten significant findings. The data shows deep concern about immigration in general across large parts of the population, while also clearly indicating more nuance in specific views. 

Immigration is one of most frequently covered issues in opinion surveys. With this wealth of data, we should have a clear view of public attitudes, but […]

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    Why immigration policy since 1962 has such a poor record of achievement

Why immigration policy since 1962 has such a poor record of achievement

Immigration policy has repeatedly failed to fulfil the ambitions of its advocates. Successive governments have neither willed the means nor been open about the obstacles in their way to restricting immigration. Disappointing results have contributed to disillusionment with the political system and help to create the ground on which UKIP has prospered, argues David Feldman.

The public debate on immigration […]

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    Roma migrants in the UK: Why cautiously welcoming them is a more effective strategy

Roma migrants in the UK: Why cautiously welcoming them is a more effective strategy

Recent discussions about the possible creation of quotas for EU migrants in the UK are a not so veiled code for finding legal mechanisms to effectively discriminate against a perceived ‘lower class’ of EU citizens: generally eastern European citizens and Roma in particular. Here, Anca Pusca argues that the UK is likely to fare much better by working with local […]

November 20th, 2014|Featured, Immigration|0 Comments|
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    It is important to move away from ambiguous concepts such as ‘benefit tourism’ and focus on actual numbers

It is important to move away from ambiguous concepts such as ‘benefit tourism’ and focus on actual numbers

Politicians in the UK of all stripes have voiced conern about ‘benefit tourism’. But how many people actually come to take advantage of the UK welfare system? One possible way of informing the debate is to move away from vague concepts and estimate the number of people who may fit the media narrative. Looking at recent EU migrants of working […]

A short video on migration and fence-building

The LSE’s Ruben Andersson wrote an article in September about fence-building and migration, which he explores at greater length in his book Illegality, Inc. The people behind TheThreeMinutePost.com, a site that creates short, animated videos about important political issues, were kind enough to use the article as material for a new video.

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    The ‘investor route’ to UK citizenship should be reformed

The ‘investor route’ to UK citizenship should be reformed

Wealthy foreigners looking for a quick way to get permanent residence in the UK can take the ‘investor route’. David Metcalf explains how simple reforms to the system, including visa auctions, would benefit UK residents. 

For two decades, the UK has provided ‘indefinite leave to remain’ (ILR or settlement, often leading to UK citizenship) for high net worth individuals and their families. Many other countries have similar schemes. But the purpose […]

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    The UK must fully recognise its special obligations towards Iraqi and Afghan refugees

The UK must fully recognise its special obligations towards Iraqi and Afghan refugees

A humanitarian approach to asylum on its own is incomplete, argues James Souter, since it pays no attention to who bears responsibility for causing refugee crises in the first place. The UK at times bears an obligation to offer asylum as a form of reparation to refugees, in particular towards Iraqi and Afghan refugees.  

When activists, politicians and commentators make a moral case for offering […]

What do we know about EU migration to the UK?

With fevered political debate about EU migration to the UK, it is important to take a step back and analyse what we know. Carlos Vargas-Silva gives us the complete run-down, providing the numbers, showing where EU migrants live and what occupations they tend to work in, and explaining why EU migrants come to the UK and their economic impact. He concludes […]