Immigration

Irregular migration to the UK: 10 questions answered

Irregular migration is a highly emotional and hotly disputed issue riddled by uncertainties and misconceptions, says Franck Düvell. In this article he reviews what is known and clarifies some of the issues. Among other important points, he writes that the majority of irregular immigrants in the UK were at some point regular but lost their status

How does irregular migration come about? Each […]

October 15th, 2014|Featured, Immigration|6 Comments|
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    Five minutes with Jonathan Portes: “Policy-makers need to be much more open about the benefits of immigration”

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 […]

UKIP borders and asylum policy: You cannot be serious

The UKIP party conference provided some new policy proposals regarding immigration. The anti-immigrant party would have a UK-only lane at border crossings and would seek to withdraw from the Dublin Regulation, which provides rules for EU member states regarding asylum seekers. Steve Peers finds that these proposals have not been well thought through. 

There’s no doubt that the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) […]

September 29th, 2014|Featured, Immigration|4 Comments|

It is time to unfence our view of migration

In recent years, fence-making has become a booming business despite it being quite clear that they do not work; migrants inevitably find ways around. So how come fences keep being built? Ruben Andersson writes that it is high time that we “unfence” our views of migration.

Migration panic is upon Calais yet again. Amid desperate and determined attempts by refugees and migrants to clamber […]

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    If Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is markedly different from the rest of the UK

If Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is markedly different from the rest of the UK

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has articulated a civic nationalism that welcomes immigrants and ethnic minorities as part of Scotland’s rich ‘tartan tapestry’. Eve Hepburn explores why Scottish parties have been able to avoid the anti-immigration hysteria that peppers political debates south of the border, writing that if Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is […]

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    Mind the gap: There is a gulf between the perceived and estimated effects of immigration

Mind the gap: There is a gulf between the perceived and estimated effects of immigration

In this article, Yvonni Markaki summarises empirical research investigating opposition to immigration to the UK. Overall, her findings illustrate a gap between how the public perceives the impact of immigration and the effects of immigration found by researchers and specialists.

In response to popular concerns over the impact of immigration, the UK coalition government promised to reduce net immigration from its then current 250,000 to ‘tens of thousands’ by […]

September 1st, 2014|Featured, Immigration|2 Comments|
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    How has the UK national press described Bulgarians and Romanians?

How has the UK national press described Bulgarians and Romanians?

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 […]

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    The increasingly hostile environment to immigration is unjust and short-sighted

The increasingly hostile environment to immigration is unjust and short-sighted

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 […]