Mary Bosworth’s research investigates immigration detentions centres in the UK. She argues that the potentially open-ended nature of detention has a profound effect on staff and detainees, making it difficult for the former to plan a regime while, for the latter, creating an environment of uncertainty. The current system is not inevitable, and so, she argues, we need to spend […]
Integrating refugees into the UK labour market requires shifting focus away from social networks and towards language and dispersal policy
In this article, Sin Yi Cheung and Jenny Phillimore analyse the government’s Survey of New Refugees to get a sense of what works for asylum seekers. They find that the mere possession of social networks was not enough to enhance access to employment. Therefore, they argue for shifting focus away from social networks and towards more functional matters; for instance, improving language competency and housing […]
Turning off the European migration tap may actually hasten ethnic change in Britain, ironically leading to an own-goal for UKIP
Anti-prejudice norms condition the way people express their opposition to immigration – stressing European rather than non-European migrants, economic over cultural motivations. So, opposition to European immigration may be a veiled way of expressing deeper concerns over racial change. At the same time, assimilation mitigates ethnic change; a significant number of European immigrants shift to White British identity over time. If […]
The Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank recently published a report on migrant entrepreneurship showing migrants set up UK companies at twice the rate of the UK population. Max Nathan writes that while the research is a commendable effort into an important topic, a close examination of the details shows the results to be fuzzy.
The Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank recently made waves with a […]
Stigmatisation can sometimes strengthen ethnic solidarity or identification amongst migrants. Laura Morosanu explores how Romanian migrants in Britain have responded to stigmatisation. She finds that although there are attempts to redefine ethnicity to transfer the stigma away from individuals, many responses do not draw on ethnicity at all.
Migrants are often portrayed as associating with co-ethnics, emphasising ethnic belonging, or […]
The demonisation of immigration and multiculturalism can only limit Britain’s ability to develop as a cohesive and inclusive society
The government’s anti-immigration rhetoric is currently stronger than ever and the value of multiculturalism is increasingly challenged. Eleni Andreouli writes that instead of protecting social cohesion, this stigmatisation of migrants leads to misrecognition and heightened intergroup tensions. Britain’s approach towards immigration is driven by two seemingly contradictory aims. On the one hand, the government is clearly engaged in an anti-immigration […]
Tougher immigration measures increase fears of deportation, but do not change future migration plans
Continuing with his second term agenda in spite of the shutdown, President Obama recently called for Congress to pass an immigration reform bill by the end of the year. Looking back at the failed attempts in 2006 and 2007, it is clear that any bill will be accompanied by extensive debates over border security and enforcement. But how effective are […]