No bias in housing allocation to migrants

The vast majority of people who live in social housing in Britain were born in the UK, according to a research study published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The study found that less than two per cent of all social housing residents are people who have moved to Britain in the last five years and that nine out of ten people who live in social housing were born in the UK. It found no evidence to support the perception that new migrants are getting priority over UK born residents. Nor was there any evidence of abuse of the system, including ‘queue jumping’ or providing false information. Continue reading

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Migration policy, racism and inequality in Scotland

“It strikes me that too often we seek comfort in a Scottish consensus that we are all Jock Tamsons’s  bairns – citizens of a fair and equal nation. We like to think we are free of racism and other inequalities because we prefer that to the truth.  In order to live up to our own self image we have to make the sentiment of our songs real, and openly say ‘this Scotland is not good enough’ , and then work to make it better. Our welcome and behaviour towards newcomers is only the starting point.”

Morag Alexander, Scotland Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Is it because I’m white? Or because I’m working class?

The white working class; Britain’s forgotten race victims?

The Runnymede Trust has published a new study on the white working class and ethnic diversity in Britain.

The report, Who Cares about the White Working Class?, disputes the claim that white working class communities have been directly losing out to migrants and minority ethnic groups, and concludes that the white working class are discriminated against on a range of different fronts, but they are not discriminated against because they are white.

It says that after a decade of politicians and commentators ignoring the issue of class, with Labour preferring to talk about “hard-working families” and “social exclusion”, class inequality is making an overdue comeback onto the political agenda. Continue reading

No Place Like Home? new Shelter publication

Homelessness charity Shelter has criticised inadequate housing conditions for migrants in a report.

No Place Like Home? is a discussion document focusing on the sizeable number of migrants who are homeless or in bad housing, but who fall outside of any kind of mainstream housing or welfare provision. In sections, the paper looks at:

  • The housing situation for migrants coming to the UK
  • Perceptions and the reality of the housing impact of migrants
  • Current government policy and the subsequent implications for migrants
  • Options for reform

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Roma in Govanhill: film, 17 Oct, Glagow

Part of the Document 6 Film Festival

Friday 17th October, 7:30pm

CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Roma of Govanhill
Janos Kovacs
Janos Joka Daroczi

Hungary | 2008 | 20 mins

Since the industrial revolution, Glasgow, like Liverpool or London, is a city whose identity has largely been forged by successive waves of immigration, from the Gaels of the 19th Century fleeing the Clearances to the Polish visitors of the present day.

The neighbourhood of Govanhill on the South Side of Glasgow has historically played host to many new cultures arriving in the city, from the Irish to the Jewish communities, and later to Asian families from India and Pakistan. Post-EU Accession, the most recent of these have been Slovakian citizens of the Romani people.

Made by Roma Magazine for Magyar TV in Hungary, this film sets out to show life in Govanhill today as experienced by the Roma and others in this mixed neighbourhood.

link: Document 6 Film Festival

IPPR Report on The local economics of migration

Your Place or Mine? The local economics of migration

This working paper, published 4th September 2008, is the first from ippr’s Economics of Migration project.

The project aims to improve understanding of the economic impacts of migration in the UK, and how policy should respond to that migration in order to maximise its economic benefits, and minimise its costs.

This paper makes clear the variety of ways in which migration may have affected local firms and economies. While some impacts of migration – such as filling local skills gaps – are quite visible, migration also affects local economies in less noticeable ways, such as by boosting local markets. The paper brings these out, and underlines the importance of looking at migration’s longer-term impacts in local areas, as well as its short-term effects.

Read the IPPR press release here or click here to download the report pdf from IPPR website

Population: size isn’t everything

Debate about the UK’s growing population must move beyond statistics: we must maximise the benefits of migration, writes Jill Rutter of IPPR.

Once again, the release of Office for National Statistics (ONS) and European population projections has caused a flurry of anti-migration commentary in sectors of the media less comfortable with ethnic diversity. These population statistics predict that the population of the UK and France will rise, while the population of Germany and many eastern European countries will shrink.

…a fresh approach is needed when considering the implications of projected population growth in the UK. Rather than contesting statistics we need to consider the future impacts of migration on economic and social development, both for the UK and globally.

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