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Who cares about the white working class?
(Runnymede Trust, January 2009)
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, and its recommendations cover four broad areas of action: improving accommodation options and addressing homelessness; improving accommodation conditions and enforcement of standards; Building stronger communities; delivering change.
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Home from Home.
(Building and Social Housing Foundation, October 2008)
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, and its recommendations cover four broad areas of action: improving accommodation options and addressing homelessness; improving accommodation conditions and enforcement of standards; Building stronger communities; delivering change.
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No Place Like Home?
(Shelter, October 2008)
Homelessness charity Shelter has criticised inadequate housing conditions for migrants. This discussion document focuses 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.
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Your Place or Mine? The local economics of migration
(IPPR, 4 September 2008)
This working paper 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.
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Immigration and Social Cohesion in the UK: The rhythms and realities of everyday life.
(Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 21 July 2008)
This study is about understanding the relationship between recent immigration and social cohesion in the context of other social and economic transformations that affect everyday life for everyone living in the UK. Current public debates often associate increasing ethnic diversity resulting from immigration with the erosion of social cohesion. This research suggests that issues of deprivation, disadvantage and long-term marginalisation, unrelated to immigration, must also be considered – as well as how people relate to each other – to ensure social cohesion.
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Community engagement and community cohesion
(Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 25 June 2008)
An exploration of the challenges to be addressed if government policies to promote community engagement are to be genuinely inclusive of newcomers as well as more established communities. Through three case studies, the study identifies ways in which new communities can be involved effectively, together with more established communities, thereby increasing cohesion and mutual solidarity.
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The impact of migration from new EU Member States on native workers
(Dept. of Work & Pensions, June 2008)
Abstract: This paper examines the impact of migration from the new EU Member States on the labour market outcomes of natives in the UK… We find no statistically significant impact of A8 migration on claimant unemployment. In particular we find no adverse impacts on the young or low-skilled. Nor do we find a statistically significant impact on wages, either on average or at any point in the wage distribution.
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Review of Migrant Integration Policy in the UK
(Communities and Local Government, 11 June 2008)
This paper seeks to review the current strategic and policy framework, processes and provisions in place or under development to support the integration of new migrants. On this basis it considers where further provision is required. The review includes a feasibility study of the need for an Integration Agency to support new migrants, as recommended by the Commission for Integration and Cohesion.
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Managing the Impacts of Migration: A Cross-Government Approach
(Communities and Local Government, 11 June 2008)
Managing the Impacts of Migration: A Cross-Government Approach sets out the Government’s approach to managing the impacts of international migration locally and nationally. It sets out how we will maximise the economic benefits that migration brings to the UK, while minimising any transitional pressures felt by communities and local service providers.
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Towards a Global Labour Market? Globalisation and the Knowledge Economy
(Work Foundation, June 2008)
The UK will need to attract more highly skilled workers from abroad – both from the European Union and outside it – in order to secure the future of high technology, ‘knowledge intensive’ industries in an increasingly global world, this paper argues.
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Floodgates or turnstiles? Post-EU enlargement migration flows to (and from) the UK
(IPPR, May 2008)
The report is based on new analysis of a range of existing sources of data on migration flows. It also draws on the results of a specially commissioned survey, believed to be the first of its kind, of Poles who have recently returned from the UK to their home country. The report also draws on qualitative interviews with Polish migrants living in the UK.
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The New Bonded Labour?: The impact of proposed changes to the UK immigration system on migrant domestic workers
(Oxfam and Kalayaan, April 2008)
In this briefing paper Kalayaan, together with Oxfam, Unite the Union, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Anti-Slavery International, Amnesty International UK, and others, are calling for the proposed changes to the domestic worker visa to be dropped and for the current system to be retained.
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Beyond Naturalisation: Citizenship policy in an age of super mobility
(IPPR, March 2008)
This report examines how a government committed to progressive notions of citizenship might respond to the fact that fewer people are willing to take up British citizenship or able to establish long-term roots within communities.
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From Refugee to Citizen: ‘Standing On My Own Two Feet’
(IPPR, January 2008)
In the little research that exists about refugee integration, refugees are presented as rather passive recipients of advice, vocational education and other interventions designed to integrate ‘them’. This book presents some of these missing voices.
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More responsive public services? A guide to commissioning migrant and refugee community organisations (February 2008)
A practical guide, published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to commissioning migrant and refugee community organisations (MRCOs) to deliver public services. For more information click here, or
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Migrant Agency Workers in the UK (December 2007)
This TUC report looks at the treatment of migrant workers by employment agencies in the UK. Its focus is on the treatment of migrant workers from the states that have joined the EU from 2004 onwards. The report presents evidence of widespread mistreatment and demonstrates the importance of an EU Temporary Agency Worker Directive to promote equal treatment for all agency workers.
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Towards a Progressive Immigration Policy (September 2007)
A collection of essays on the principles which should underpin progressive immigration policies. Edited by Don Flynn and Zoe Williams and published by Compass, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Migrants’ Rights Network.
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Britain’s Immigrants: An Economic Profile (September 2007)
This IPPR report This report was produced to form the empirical basis of an episode of Channel 4’s Dispatches series on the economic characteristics of Britain’s immigrant communities and the contributions they make to the country.
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New EU Members? Migrant Workers – Challenges and Opportunities to Trade Unions.
Study by Compas for the TUC reveals thousands of Polish and Lithuanian workers are being exploited at work. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘This study reveals systematic abuse of migrant workers which is tantamount to modern day slavery’.
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The Economics of Migration: Managing the Impacts (June 2007)
TUC paper addresses five key questions which regularly arise in debates about the economic consequences of immigration to the UK. These questions are: – Has immigration led to unemployment? – Has migration driven down wages? – Does migration cost the taxpayer? – Does migration damage developing countries? – Does migration hurt migrants?
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Commission on Integration and Cohesion – Our shared future
(June 2007)
The Commission’s final report provides practical approaches to building communities’ own capacity to reduce tensions and create opportunities for more integrated and cohesive societies.
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Social cohesion in diverse communities (May 2007)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation exploration of the relationships between new and established communities in ethnically diverse neighbourhoods. The study takes a critical look at the meaning of social cohesion for new and established residents in Moss Side in Manchester and North Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey.
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Migrants’ lives beyond the workplace: the experiences of Central and East Europeans in the UK (May 2007)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation exploration of the experiences outside work of Central and East European migrants. This research studied the impact of becoming an EU citizen on migrants provided working, with or without permission, in the UK following EU enlargement in 2004
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East European immigration and community cohesion (May 2007)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation exploration of how Eastern European immigration affects community cohesion. This study profiles new immigrants from five Eastern European countries living in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hackney and the City of Brighton and Hove. It explores how the presence of these new immigrants (from Albania, Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro and Ukraine) affects community cohesion.
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The Reception and Integration of New Migrant Communities (March 2007)
IPPR report for CRE looks at the reception and integration of new migrant communities across ten locations in the UK, paying particular attention to the tensions arising from their arrival and settlement, key lessons from the response of public authorities, and how they use their responsibility under the race equality duty in this response. The findings point to a number of worrying trends influencing both the reception of new migrants and the capacity of local authorities to promote integration amid increasing diversity.
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The Advice Gap: A study of barriers to Housing Advice (January 2007)
Research report from Shelter finds that housing advice services are failing to reach people from minority ethnic backgrounds and new migrants, leading to increasing experiences of poor housing, overcrowding and homelessness.
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Migrant Worker Research Lessons Learned (January 2007)
A Summary of Lessons learned whilst undertaking research into Migrant Workers. Local Intelligence Network Cornwall
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Migrant Voices, Migrant Rights (November 2006)
Can migrant community organisations change the immigration debate in Britain today? This report is based on a review of the work of migrant and refugee community organisations in Scotland, the North West of England, and the West Midlands
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Migrant workers in England and Wales: An assessment of health and safety risks (Health & Safety Executive, October 2006)
Migrants are more likely to be working in sectors or occupations where there are existing health and safety concerns and their status as new workers may place them at added risk, due to their relatively short periods of work in the UK and limited knowledge of the UK’s health and safety system. The report also notes that migrant motivations in coming to the UK, particularly where these are premised on earning as much as possible in the shortest possible time, add to their risk factors and that limited means of communication between migrant workers and indigeneous supervisors also may place these workers at greater risk.
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Irregular Migration in the UK (March 2006)
Irregular migration (also described as illegal, undocumented or unauthorised migration) is a complex and controversial issue that is a source of considerable debate in the media and among the general public. This IPPR Factfile report which aims to go beyond estimating numbers of irregular immigrants, and deal with some of the broader policy issues that irregular migration raises.
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A8 Nationals in London Homelessness Services (2006)
Homeless Link undertook a project to understand better the issues faced by homeless A8 nationals and the agencies responding to their needs. This included
a snapshot survey of London day centres, outreach teams and night shelters and follow-on interviews with providers who have developed specialised services. Exec summary is available online:
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Fair Enough? Central and East European Migrants in Low-Wage Employment in the UK (2006)
This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report explores the employment experiences of migrants from East and Central Europe, and reviews employer demand for their labour. It examines employers’ recruitment practices and why they hire migrant labour; in particular, what the perceived advantages of migrant labour are. The report also discusses the Workers’ Registration Scheme.
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Neighbourhood experiences of new immigration. (February 2006)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation review of evidence on the realities of daily life for new immigrants and the local consequences of their arrival and settlement. This report casts light on: settlement patterns, the specific experiences and consequences of new immigration; what has been learnt about the management of new immigration at the neighbourhood level; and explores the fact that community tensions are not an inevitable consequence of new immigration.
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What’s new about new immigrants in twenty-first century Britain? (February 2006)
A Joseph Rowntree Foundation report comparing immigration to the UK thirty years ago with immigration today. Highlights many continuities and changes in patterns and experiences of migration to the UK. The writers argue for race relations practices to be more inclusive of new immigrants. They also suggest that the promotion of community cohesion needs to be faster in order to respond to the specific needs of new immigrants.
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Home from Home? CAB Evidence Briefing (December 2005)
Overview: Experiences of migrant workers in rural parts of the UK, and the impact on local service providers
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Supporting Migrant Workers in Rural Areas: a Guide to Citizens Advice Bureaux Initiatives (September 2005)
This Good Practice Guide looks at some of the challenges members of the Rural Bureaux Network have identified when supporting migrant workers, and how rural Citizens Advice Bureaux have overcome these challenges through a variety of initiatives.
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Beyond Black and White – mapping new immigrant communities.
Sarah Kyambi, IPPR, (September 2005)
Taking an innovative approach to mapping recent immigration, Beyond Black and White analyses the distribution and socio-economic profiles of immigrants by country of birth. Sarah Kyambi’s analysis authoritatively challenges common assumptions on the origins, characteristics and economic performance of immigrants to the UK.Interactive maps based on this report can be viewed at www.bbc.co.uk/bornabroad.
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