“Re-migration” report

A new report from IPPR

Shall We Stay or Shall We Go? Re-migration trends among Britain’s immigrants
In this report ippr sets out to quantify and analyse re-migration from the United Kingdom, and to understand what motivates immigrants to leave. The phenomenon of re-migration – in other words the emigration of immigrants – has not, on the whole, been well documented or understood. But policymakers should care about re-migration and know more about those leaving.

more info at the ippr website

IPPR – the Institute for Public Policy Research – is a leftish-leaning  think tank with strong links to the British Labour Party.


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

Migrants’ Rights Network newsletter

mrntabIn June’s newsletter:

(1) Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill hits the Commons amid protests

(2) MRN releases Irregular Migration report in Parliament on 2nd June

(3) Immigration statistics show drop in A8 nationals coming to UK

(4) Court decision on the right of asylum seekers to work in the UK

(5) Concern about the tone of UKBA publicity materials

(6) Migrants and Climate Change: A Call to Action

(7) Reports and Research

(8) Upcoming Events

(9) Other Announcements

To read the full newsletter, please visit: http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/downloads/newsletters/MRN_Newsletter_Jun09.pdf

Research: Migrant impact on UK jobs and wages negligible

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a new study suggesting that European migration since EU expansion in 2004  has had no negative impact on either UK employment levels or wages – in fact there may have been a small positive impact.

The Economic Impacts of Migration on the UK Labour Market study is based largely on data from the Labour Force Survey and Department for Work and Pensions figures on national insurance numbers from 2001 to 2007, as well as a review of the existing literature and economic theory. Continue reading

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

Advice and info needs of A8 workers: CABx research

Continental Drift. Understanding advice and information needs for A8 migrant workers in Scotland

Exploited by landlords and employers, language difficulties and complex advice needs pose barriers to assistance for A8 migrant workers.

Citizens advice Scotland has published a new research report based on the evidence of Citizens Advice Bureau clients across Scotland. The findings show that a growing number of A8 migrants are approaching Advice Bureaux in Scotland for help with in-work benefits and the proper administration and payment of wages.

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Home from Home: migrant housing report from BSHF

Migrant workers come to the UK to seek employment but all too often find themselves living in expensive, overcrowded and poor-quality accommodation. This report seeks to make a fresh assessment of this important issue.

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