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commentary 22 Jun 2017

Migration Observatory wins ESRC prize

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded the Migration Observatory the prize for Outstanding Impact in Society

commentary 21 Jun 2017

Brexodus? Migration and uncertainty after the EU referendum

ible. This commentary looks at what we know about migration to and from the UK since the EU referendum.

briefing 02 Jun 2017

Long-Term International Migration Flows to and from the UK

Provides an overview of Long-Term International Migration inflows, outflows, and the difference between the two.

briefing 30 May 2017

The Fiscal Impact of Immigration in the UK

Explores the issues related to estimating the fiscal impact of immigration.

video 30 May 2017

Election 2017 Animation: Net Migration

This animation discusses the Net Migration target in relation to the 2017 Election

video 30 May 2017

Election 2017 Animation: International Students

This animation discusses the International Student migration in relation to the 2017 Election

video 30 May 2017

Election 2017 Animation: Migration and Brexit

This animation discusses the Brexit and Migration in relation to the 2017 Election

video 30 May 2017

Election 2017 Animation: Migration and the Election

This animation explores migration and the 2017 election looking at the issues of the net migration target, Brexit and international student migrations.

commentary 24 May 2017

Number 10 – the biggest number in the UK’s migration debate

This commentary outlines the migration related policies presented by the three main national UK parties in their manifestos for the 2017 general election

commentary 04 May 2017

The net migration target and the 2017 election

This commentary commentary explores the net migration target in relation to the upcoming 2017 general election

briefing 02 May 2017

Immigration Detention in the UK

Provides an overview of immigration detention in the UK.

briefing 25 Apr 2017

Settlement in the UK

Details about non-European migrants who are granted settlement in the UK.

briefing 24 Apr 2017

Non-European Migration to the UK: Family Unification & Dependents

Examines data on migrants whose basis for entry to the UK is through ties to a family member.

commentary 21 Apr 2017

Pounded? Currency devaluation and migration to and from the UK

This commentary examines the ways in which the devaluation of the pound after the EU-referendum can affect migration to the UK.

briefing 04 Apr 2017

Non-European Labour Migration to the UK

Examines labour migration to the UK among people who are not from the European Economic Area (EEA).

briefing 23 Mar 2017

Characteristics and Outcomes of Migrants in the UK Labour Market

Gives an overview of the characteristics & labour market outcomes of migrant workers.

commentary 22 Mar 2017

Article 50: Shades of grey, or black and white?

Provides key data and links to importance pieces in anticipation of Article 50 being triggered

briefing 09 Mar 2017

Immigration by Category: Workers, Students, Family Members, Asylum Applicants

Examines immigration by category, distinguishing between European and non-European migrants.

briefing 24 Feb 2017

The Labour Market Effects of Immigration

Discusses the impacts of immigration on the labour market in the UK, focusing on wages and employment.

commentary 23 Feb 2017

What to look for in the quarterly migration statistics after the referendum

Understanding the datasets that will inform the post-referendum debate on migration.

briefing 21 Feb 2017

Migrants in the UK: An Overview

Provides an overview of the number, population share, distribution and citizenship of migrants in the UK.

report 27 Jan 2017

Labour Immigration after Brexit: Trade-offs and Questions about Policy Design

Work is the main reason for EU migration to the UK, so labour migration policies will be important.

briefing 11 Jan 2017

Who Counts as a Migrant? Definitions and their Consequences

Considers the different ways in which one can understand who counts as a migrant in the UK.

report 19 Dec 2016

Young People and Migration in the UK: An Overview

Examines some of the key issues, particularly education, training and youth employment.

briefing 01 Dec 2016

Migrants in the UK Labour Market: An Overview

Provides an overview of the employment levels and employment shares of migrants in the economy.

briefing 28 Nov 2016

UK Public Opinion toward Immigration: Overall Attitudes and Level of Concern

Provides an overview of attitudes toward immigration in Britain.

report 07 Nov 2016

A Decade of Immigration in the British Press

Looks at trends in the language used in newspapers & considers how these relate to the UK political context.

briefing 31 Oct 2016

EU Migration to and from the UK

Provides an overview of migration to the UK from EU member countries.

briefing 28 Oct 2016

Migrants and Housing in the UK: Experiences and Impacts

Reviews the evidence on migration and housing in the UK.

briefing 12 Oct 2016

Immigration Offences: Trends in Legislation and Criminal and Civil Enforcement

Analyses immigration offences in British immigration and asylum legislation, and trends in legislation and enforcement.

chart 14 Sep 2016

Religion by country of birth, 2015

Notes. EEA+ includes EEA countries plus Switzerland; non-EEA excludes Switzerland. Breakdowns exclude those with no answer to religion or country of birth questions, but totals do not.

briefing 22 Aug 2016

Short-Term Migration in the UK: A Discussion of the Issues and Existing Data

Explains the often confusing issue of how we define a short-term migrant.

briefing 15 Aug 2016

Non-European Student Migration to the UK

Answers key questions about the characteristics and numbers of students who come to the UK.

briefing 08 Aug 2016

Naturalisation as a British Citizen: Concepts and Trends

Gives details about how many foreign citizens acquire British citizenship every year

commentary 03 Aug 2016

Here today, gone tomorrow? The status of EU citizens already living in the UK

What will happen to the over 3 million EU citizens living in the UK?

briefing 20 Jul 2016

Migration to the UK: Asylum

Sets out key facts and figures relating to the number of asylum seekers applying to stay in the UK.

briefing 19 Jul 2016

Deportations, Removals and Voluntary Departures from the UK

Examines the number of people deported or removed from the UK and those departing voluntarily.

briefing 13 Jul 2016

Educational Outcomes Among Children with English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Examines data and evidence on school pupils in England with English as an additional language (EAL).

briefing 13 Jul 2016

Non-EU Higher Education Students: Impact on the UK Economy

Looks at evidence on the impact of international students in the UK’s higher education (HE) sector on the UK economy.

chart 05 Jul 2016

Reasons for migrating to the UK, 1991-2015

Shows reasons for migration to the UK since 1991, including work, study and family.

chart 05 Jul 2016

Emigration, immigration and net migration in the UK, 1991-2015

Shows the number of people (including British citizens) coming to and leaving the UK.

briefing 28 Jun 2016

Geographical Distribution and Characteristics of Long-Term International Migration Flows to the UK

Focuses on long-term international migrants coming to the UK.

commentary 09 Jun 2016

What would UK immigration policy look like after Brexit? (Pre-referendum)

It is not possible to know exactly how a vote to leave the EU would affect migration to the UK.

map 06 May 2016

Distribution of EU Migrants in the UK (Pre-referendum)

Shows the number of EU migrants living across regions in Great Britain.

map 06 May 2016

Share of UK workforce meeting income requirements (Pre-referendum)

Shows the share of employees meeting £20k and £30k income thresholds across Great Britain.

report 02 May 2016

EU Migration, Welfare Benefits and EU Membership (Pre-referendum)

Explains the main policy issues and statistics on EU migrants’ use of welfare benefits and examines who would be affected by proposed restrictions to in-work benefits.

report 02 May 2016

Potential Implications of Admission Criteria for EU Nationals Coming to the UK (Pre-referendum)

Employers could be affected in different ways if admission requirements were applied to EU workers.

video 26 Apr 2016

Explained: EU Migration to the UK (Pre-referendum)

Data animation by the Migration Observatory explaining various aspects of EU migration to the UK

commentary 13 Apr 2016

Pulling power: Why are EU citizens migrating to the UK? (Pre-referendum)

What makes the UK such an attractive destination for migrants?

chart 31 Mar 2016

EEA citizens living in the UK, by years since arrival, Q1 2015 (Pre-referendum)

Share and number of EEA citizens living in the UK, by number of years of residency.

briefing 24 Mar 2016

Migrant Remittances to and from the UK

Describes remittance flows both to and from the UK.

chart 15 Mar 2016

Number of UK born people living in EEA countries, 2015 (Pre-referendum)

Shows the number of UK citizens living in other countries in Europe.

commentary 10 Mar 2016

Project unclear: Uncertainty, Brexit and migration (Pre-referendum)

The outcomes of Brexit are uncertain and fall into two categories: policy and the impacts of policy.

briefing 24 Feb 2016

The Impact of Migration on UK Population Growth

Examines the impact of migration on recent and future UK demographic trends.

briefing 11 Feb 2016

Young Migrants in the UK Labour Market

Focuses on foreign-born young adults age 16 to 24.

report 27 Jan 2016

The Minimum Income Requirement for Non-EEA Family Members in the UK

brings together available data on how the income threshold works and who it affects.

briefing 30 Nov 2015

Demographics of Young Migrants in the UK

Provides an overview of young migrants in the UK and their demographic characteristics.

commentary 24 Nov 2015

Too many? Too few? Too difficult? How should the UK think about how many refugees to take?

How should the UK decide how many refugees to take? One of the reasons this has been such a difficult question is that there are many different lenses through which it can be viewed.

map 18 Nov 2015

Share of foreign-born children 0-15 mapped by local authority district

Shows the share of non-UK born children across England and Wales, based on the 2011 Census.

map 18 Nov 2015

Share of non-UK born youth (16-24) mapped by local authority district

Shows the share of non-UK born young people across England and Wales, based on the 2011 Census.

chart 05 Oct 2015

Number of EU-born in the UK, 1993-2015

Shows the number of EU born in the UK between Q1 1993 and Q1 2015 using information from the Labour Force Survey

commentary 25 Aug 2015

Round numbers and records: What do headline statistics tell us about migration?

The number of UK residents who were born abroad is likely to exceed 8 million for the first time in 2014.

chart 20 Aug 2015

Immigration among the public’s most important issues

Tracks the percentage of respondents naming race relations or immigration as one of the most important issues facing Britain, along with the rest of the five most frequently named issues.

briefing 21 Jul 2015

Immigration, Diversity and Social Cohesion

Discusses the meaning, dimensions, measurement and determinants of social cohesion.

commentary 16 Jul 2015

Recent trends in EU nationals born inside and outside the EU

Recent trends and in EU migration and the countries of birth of EU migrants living in the UK.

commentary 25 Jun 2015

International students and the net migration target: Should students be taken out?

Where do students fit in the immigration system, what do we know about how they contribute to net migration, and what would it mean to 'take them out' of the net migration target.

commentary 14 May 2015

Skilled migrants and a tight cap

The return of the Conservative Party to government has a number of interesting ramifications for migration, including an EU referendum and the continuation of the net migration target.

briefing 06 May 2015

Election 2015 Briefing – Why do International Migrants Come to the UK?

Looks at levels of migration, factors driving migration to the UK, and how the UK compares to other EU countries.

briefing 06 May 2015

Election 2015 Briefing – Impacts of Migration on Local Public Services

Discusses evidence on the characteristics and impacts of migration at the local level, focusing on the impacts on public services.

briefing 05 May 2015

Election 2015 Briefing – Migration and Welfare Benefits

Explains key questions and what we know about the extent to which migrants take up different categories of benefits.

commentary 16 Apr 2015

State of the nation: The immigration numbers game

How has the state of immigration changed in the UK over the past five years?

briefing 16 Apr 2015

Election 2015 Briefing – Enforcement: Enforced Removals and Voluntary Departures of People Violating Immigration Law

Looks at enforcement actions to remove various categories of foreign nationals, including foreign national offenders.

briefing 16 Apr 2015

Election 2015 Briefing – Fiscal Impacts of Migration to the UK

Examines how migrants affect public finances in the UK.

briefing 13 Apr 2015

Election 2015 Briefing – UK Migration Policy since the 2010 General Election

Examines policy changes the government has introduced in an attempt to reduce net migration.

briefing 13 Apr 2015

Election 2015 Briefing – Immigration and Jobs: The Labour Market Effects of Immigration

Discusses the impacts of immigration on the labour market in the UK, focusing on wages and employment.

commentary 29 Mar 2015

Recent migrant workers in the UK labour market: What has changed in the last five years?

One way to get a picture of how migration has been changing over a period of several years is to look at the numbers and characteristics of 'recent migrant workers' (RMWs) who arrived in the UK within the past five years.

map 06 Mar 2015

Number of residents born in old EU member states – 2011 Census & 2014 Extrapolations

Shows the projected number of old EU residents across local areas of England in 2014 by country of birth.

map 06 Mar 2015

Number of residents born in new EU member states – 2011 Census & 2014 Extrapolations

Shows the projected number of new EU residents across local areas of England in 2014 by country of birth.

map 06 Mar 2015

Number of residents born outside the EU – 2011 Census & 2014 Extrapolations

Shows the projected number of non-EU foreign-born residents across local areas of England in 2014 by country of birth.

report 06 Mar 2015

Projected Number of Foreign-born Residents in Local Areas for 2014

Provide a more up to date estimate of the migrant populations of local areas in England than the 2011 Census.

map 04 Mar 2015

New migrant GP registrations, 2013

Shows the number of new migrant registrations for a GP in 2013 across local areas of England.

map 04 Mar 2015

New National Insurance Numbers – EU nationals

Shows number of new NINo registrations among EU nationals for the year ending March 2014.

map 04 Mar 2015

New National Insurance Numbers – non-EU nationals

Shows number of new NINo registrations among non-EU migrantsfor the year ending March 2014.

commentary 27 Feb 2015

Net migration, the genie and the bottle: Where next for the net migration target?

How did net migration become the measure by which the government’s immigration policy is judged?

commentary 17 Feb 2015

Migration and security: Navigating the risks

Security is a persistent theme in immigration debates, particularly after media coverage of crimes perpetrated by migrants or members of distinct diaspora communities, or acts of terrorism involving these groups.

commentary 30 Dec 2014

Romanians and Bulgarians coming to the UK in 2014: Influx or exaggeration?

A year after labour market controls on A2 migrants came to an end, what do we know about what has actually happened?

commentary 27 Nov 2014

Missing the net migration target

Today’s net migration estimate is further confirmation that the net migration target will be missed.

commentary 17 Nov 2014

Love and money: How immigration policy discriminates between families

The minimum income restriction has important indirect effects across gender, ethnicity, education, age and place of residence.

commentary 28 Oct 2014

What do we know about EU migration to the UK?

What do we know about these EU migrants who are now at the centre of political discussion in the UK?

commentary 24 Oct 2014

Calais and clandestine migration into the UK: Concerns and context

This commentary considers four key aspects of the Calais situation: the background, definitions of 'illegal' immigrants and asylum seekers, existing data and the role of policies.

briefing 30 Sep 2014

Health of Migrants in the UK: What Do We Know?

Provides an overview of evidence on the health of migrants in the UK.

commentary 01 Sep 2014

Hard Evidence: are migrants good for the economy?

Economic estimates are important, but limited in that they cannot resolve important judgements about the type of society people want.

briefing 01 Sep 2014

Migration in Great Britain: Census Factsheet

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for Great Britain

briefing 19 Aug 2014

England: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for England and its constituent regions and local areas.

report 18 Aug 2014

Bulgarians and Romanians in the British National Press

Examines media responses in the run up to the removal of transitional labour market controls on Bulgarians and Romanians in the UK.

briefing 08 Aug 2014

Global International Migrant Stock: The UK in International Comparison

Provides an overview of the global stock of international migrants and compares the UK to other countries and regions.

report 03 Jul 2014

Highly Skilled Migration to the UK 2007-2013

Policy Changes, Financial Crises and a Possible 'Balloon Effect'

briefing 26 Jun 2014

Northern Ireland: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for Northern Ireland and its constituent local government districts.

commentary 24 Jun 2014

The Scottish diaspora and Scottish independence

In the last two centuries, Scotland’s population change has been characterised more by emigration than by immigration.

commentary 15 May 2014

Migration and citizenship in an independent Scotland

When the Scottish government released its White Paper outlining what an independent Scotland might look like, migration policy was a small but essential element of it.

commentary 14 May 2014

It’s too early to know whether the number of Romanians and Bulgarians will rise or fall in 2014

Bold claims about how little effect the lifting of labour market restrictions will have on the numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK over the next year are premature.

commentary 12 May 2014

A2 migration to Britain after transitional restrictions: The first piece of evidence

New data will provide the first evidence about the number of A2 workers in the UK after the lifting of the restrictions.

primer 02 May 2014

The UK, the Common European Asylum System and EU Immigration Law

Examines the UK’s selective participation in the Common European Asylum System, and EU immigration law.

video 02 May 2014

The UK, the Common European Asylum System and EU Immigration Law

Dr Cathryn Costello speaks to Rob McNeil about migration to EU countries from outside the EU.

primer 01 May 2014

The UK, EU Citizenship and Free Movement of Persons

Examines EU citizenship and free movement of persons as part of the common market.

video 01 May 2014

The UK, EU Citizenship and Free Movement of Persons

Dr Cathryn Costello speaks to Rob McNeil about EU citizenship and intra-EU migration.

video 01 May 2014

Migration in the News

Will Allen speaks to Rob McNeil about our report on "Portrayals of Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in National British Newspapers, 2010 to 2012".

video 01 May 2014

Public Opinion on Immigration in Scotland

Dr Scott Blinder talks about our report "Immigration and Independence: Public Opinion on Immigration in Scotland in the Context of the Referendum Debate".

map 29 Apr 2014

Census Map: UK-born residents in other EU countries 2011

Depicts the UK-born population in other EU member countries, based on individual country 2011 census data.

map 28 Apr 2014

Census map: Foreign-born residents as share of population across EU

Depicts the foreign-born population in EU member countries, based on individual country 2011 census data.

map 28 Apr 2014

Census map: EU-born migrants as share of population

Depicts the share that EU-born migrants make up of the total foreign-born population in each country.

map 28 Apr 2014

Census map: Non-EU born residents as share of population across EU

Shows the population share of non-EU born residents.

map 08 Apr 2014

Census map: EU-born residents as share of local population in England & Wales

Shows the percentage of the local population made up by residents born in EU countries in local areas of England and Wales.

map 08 Apr 2014

Census map: EU-born residents as share of local non-UK born in England & Wales 2011

Shows the share of the local non-UK born population made up EU-born residents in local areas of England and Wales.

map 07 Apr 2014

Census Map: Non-UK born population increase 2001 v. 2011 England and Wales

Shows the percentage increase in the number of usual residents born outside of the UK in local areas of England and Wales.

briefing 04 Apr 2014

Global International Migrant Stock: Scotland in International Comparison

Compares the stock of international migrants in Scotland to the UK and other countries.

commentary 02 Apr 2014

Who counts as a migrant in Scotland?

Who actually counts as a migrant in Scotland? And will that change if Scotland votes for independence?

briefing 11 Mar 2014

International Migration: The UK Compared with other OECD Countries

Compares international migration to and from the UK with migration to other OECD countries.

commentary 06 Mar 2014

Conflict or consensus? Does a new government report on labour market impacts of immigration contradict the MAC?

Are the conclusions of the Home Office/BIS report very different to those of the MAC report?

briefing 04 Mar 2014

Wales: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for Wales, and its constituent council areas.

commentary 21 Feb 2014

Costs and ‘Benefits’: Benefits tourism, what does it mean?

Who actually counts as a 'benefit tourist' or a 'health tourist', and how much do they cost the UK?

report 10 Feb 2014

Scottish Public Opinion

Immigration and Independence: Public Opinion on Immigration in Scotland in the Context of the Referendum Debate

report 03 Feb 2014

The Migration Observatory and the Decade of Migration

Provides a short history of the inception, development, achievements and impact of the Migration Observatory.

briefing 21 Jan 2014

Determinants of Migration to the UK

Reviews the available evidence on the main determinants of migration to the UK since the early 1990s.

commentary 17 Dec 2013

Jumping the gun: Wait for the facts before estimating Romanian and Bulgarian migration

There is a lack of official estimates about how many migrants from Romania and Bulgaria may arrive in the UK, and it will be several months before any official data shows the actual level of migration from these countries.

briefing 10 Dec 2013

North West: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for the North West, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

briefing 03 Dec 2013

Scotland: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for Scotland, and its constituent council areas.

commentary 02 Dec 2013

The relative and the real: A decade of migration in Scotland

There are several different ways of characterising the change that has happened in Scotland, all of which are accurate, but all of which may elicit different responses to the change.

briefing 26 Nov 2013

North East: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for the North East, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

briefing 13 Nov 2013

Immigration and Crime: Evidence for the UK and Other Countries

Discusses the impact of immigration on crime, in the UK and international context.

map 05 Nov 2013

Census Map: Non-UK born share of population England and Wales 2011

Shows the percentage that non-UK born residents make up of the total usual resident population in local area of England and Wales.

map 05 Nov 2013

Census Map: Non-UK passport holders’ share of population England and Wales 2011

Shows the percentage that residents with only non-UK passports make up of the total usual resident population in local areas of England and Wales.

briefing 14 Oct 2013

South West: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for the South West, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

briefing 10 Oct 2013

South East: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for the South East, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

primer 18 Sep 2013

Sub-National Immigration Policy: Can it Work in the UK?

Considers whether Scotland could have its own immigration policy if it remains part of the UK or part of a Common Travel Area.

primer 18 Sep 2013

Citizenship, Borders and Migration in an Independent Scotland

Discusses how an independent Scotland might define its boundaries, in terms of access to citizenship and physical territory.

briefing 18 Sep 2013

Migrants in Scotland: An Overview

Prrovides an overview of the numbers, population shares, geographic distribution and nationalities of migrants in Scotland.

briefing 18 Sep 2013

Geographical Distribution and Characteristics of International Emigration from Scotland

Focuses on emigrants leaving Scotland for overseas destinations.

briefing 18 Sep 2013

Geographical Distribution and Characteristics of International Migration Flows to Scotland

Focuses on immigrants coming to Scotland from overseas destinations.

briefing 18 Sep 2013

Long-Term International Migration Flows to and from Scotland

Provides an overview of Long Term International Migration (LTIM) in Scotland.

briefing 18 Sep 2013

Migrants in the Scottish Labour Market

Provides an overview of the characteristics and outcomes of migrants in the Scottish labour market.

commentary 13 Sep 2013

Bordering on confusion: International migration and implications for Scottish independence

Outlines the differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK in migration policy, dynamics and attitudes, and considers the implications of migration issues for Scottish independence.

briefing 09 Sep 2013

East of England: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for the East of England, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

commentary 29 Aug 2013

Untangling the net: Understanding why migrants come and go

A particular challenge for the government is that declining emigration – which fell by more than 20,000 – is the primary cause of the recent increase in net migration.

briefing 15 Aug 2013

West Midlands: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for the West Midlands, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

report 08 Aug 2013

Migration in the News

Portrayals of Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in National British Newspapers, 2010 to 2012

chart 07 Aug 2013

Migration in the news interactive chart

Allows you to create your own chart of words related to asylum seekers, immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the University of Oxford Migration News Corpus.

commentary 14 Jul 2013

Pulling students out of the net: Should they be excluded from the net migration target?

International students make the single biggest contribution to non-EU immigration to the UK, and have been a key focus of policies aimed at reducing overall net migration.

video 09 Jul 2013

The Role of the Migration Advisory Committee MAC

Dr Martin Ruhs speaks to Rob McNeil about the role of the MAC in advising on immigration policy in the UK.

briefing 04 Jul 2013

East Midlands: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for the East Midlands, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

video 28 Jun 2013

The Impact of Immigration on Property Crime

Dr Brian Bell speaks to Rob McNeil about the impact of immigration on crime.

briefing 12 Jun 2013

Yorkshire and the Humber: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for Yorkshire and the Humber, and its constituent districts and unitary authorities.

video 29 May 2013

Migrants in London: Policy Challenges

Dr Ben Gidley speaks to Rob McNeil of the Migration Observatory about migrants in London.

video 29 May 2013

Social Care for Older People and Demand for Migrant Workers

Dr Isabel Shutes speaks about social care for older people and the demand for migrant workers.

primer 24 May 2013

Public Opinion and Public Policy: Complexities of the Democratic Mandate

Examines the relationship between public opinion and migration policy, with a particular focus on the idea of a democratic mandate.

commentary 23 May 2013

The halfway point: Net migration has fallen, but can the government hit its target?

Public opinion and commentators have been sceptical about the chances of the net migration target being reached.

briefing 20 May 2013

London: Census Profile

Summarises key statistics from the 2011 Census for London and its boroughs.

commentary 24 Apr 2013

Evidence and values – the UK migration debate 2011-2013

Since migration policy ultimately rests on value judgments as well as costs and benefits, the evidence base may be a crucial underpinning for the debate, but will never be the whole story.

briefing 17 Apr 2013

Immigration, Population and Ethnicity: The UK in International Perspective

Discusses the impacts of immigration on population growth and diversity in Western European and other high-income countries.

commentary 13 Apr 2013

Migration Observatory: Independent and Evidence-Based

The Observatory is, and will remain, committed to independent analysis of data relating to immigration and other migration issues affecting the UK.

video 20 Mar 2013

Public Opinion on Migration

Dr Scott Blinder speaks with Rob McNeil about British public opinion toward migration.

video 20 Mar 2013

The UK Census and Migration Data

Peter Stokes, 2011 Census Statistical Design Manager, speaks with Rob McNeil about migration data and the 2011 UK Census.

video 20 Mar 2013

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Migration Data

Emma Wright, Head of Population Analysis in the Population Statistics Division, speaks with Rob McNeil about ONS migration data.

commentary 08 Feb 2013

Romania and Bulgaria: The accession guessing game

There is, at present, no sound method for working out how many Romanians and Bulgarians will come.

commentary 12 Dec 2012

Pole position – New Census data shows ten-fold growth of England and Wales’ Polish population

The release of new data from the 2011 Census provides a wealth of information about the foreign-born populations of England and Wales.

report 11 Dec 2012

Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, and Identity Language in the British Press

Investigates media use of languages of identity and origins in association with Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.

commentary 07 Dec 2012

Student visas and long-term immigration estimates: A simple relationship?

The recent decline in student immigration follows a series of policies introduced by the coalition government to reduce overall net migration.

commentary 19 Sep 2012

A degree of confusion – what do people in the UK think about international students?

Better understanding what members of the British public think about student immigration is of critical importance to the current policy debate in the UK.

report 06 Sep 2012

Britain’s ’70 Million’ Debate

Explores the key numbers, issues and trade-offs associated with the deep cuts to net migration that a 70 million population limit would require.

chart 06 Sep 2012

Net migration and population growth, 2014-2039

Estimates natural change assuming zero net-migration versus natural change due to net migration.

commentary 30 Aug 2012

Entries, Exits and Errors

The ONS has provided an indication of the uncertainty surrounding its estimates of net migration, which is an important and helpful change to the presentation of official migration statistics.

commentary 29 Jun 2012

The EU shuffle: How does freedom of movement in the EU affect migration to and from the UK?

How exactly does EU citizens’ right to freedom of movement affect migration to and from the UK?

chart 29 Jun 2012

UK’s net-migrant stock with EU countries, 2010

Shows the UK’s net migration stock with other specific EU member states.

chart 29 Jun 2012

Migration of UK citizens to EU countries & EU citizens to the UK

Shows an increase in migration flows from the EU after A8 accession in 2004.

briefing 19 Jun 2012

EU Migrants in other EU Countries: An Analysis of Bilateral Migrant Stocks

Provides an overview of the numbers of EU migrants in different EU countries.

commentary 24 May 2012

Under Control?

The data suggest that the government still has a very long way to go if it hopes to hit its target of net migration in the ‘tens of thousands’ by 2015.

video 18 May 2012

Thinking behind the Numbers

ESRC video on our report on public opinion toward immigration in Britain

video 08 May 2012

Selecting the Best and Brightest

Dr Lucie Cerna speaks to Rob McNeil about policies that aim to attract and select highly skilled migrant workers.

commentary 13 Apr 2012

A magnet for migrants? How does the UK’s migrant population growth compare with that in other high-income countries?

Has the UK experienced more immigration than other high-income countries?

primer 16 Mar 2012

Migration and Development

Examines the relationship between migration and international development, considering its benefits and challenges.

commentary 29 Feb 2012

The net migration bounce

Even if the government manages to achieve their net migration target by 2015, net migration is unlikely to be sustained at that level because there will be a “bounce” caused by reduced emigration in the following years.

commentary 01 Feb 2012

New migrants, “new” jobs, old confusion…

We do not have good enough data to calculate what proportion of new jobs in the economy migrants are taking up.

commentary 18 Jan 2012

Migrant workers: Taking our jobs – or not?

Recent contradictory reports on the labour market effects of immigration in the UK suggest that there is no absolute answer to whether migration affects employment rates.

primer 08 Dec 2011

Selecting the Best and Brightest

Discusses questions that arise in the development of policies that aim to attract and select highly skilled migrant workers.

video 30 Nov 2011

Migration and Development

Carlos examines the relationship between migration and international development, considering the benefits and challenges it creates for both sending and receiving countries.

commentary 28 Nov 2011

The variations enigma: Regional differences in support for reducing immigration to the UK

A Migration Observatory survey showed extremely interesting regional variations that suggest some pronounced differences between views in different parts of the country.

commentary 27 Oct 2011

A loose fitting cap: Why is the limit on skilled non-EU workers undersubscribed?

A brief look at how the skilled worker cap works and what else might be affecting employers of migrants who would be covered by it.

report 16 Oct 2011

Thinking Behind the Numbers: Understanding Public Opinion on Immigration in Britain

Our survey demonstrated that the public’s views on immigration are complex and nuanced in a way that previous polls have failed to capture.

commentary 25 Aug 2011

Targeting uncertainty? EU migration in the UK

A steep rise in net migration from Eastern Europe raises the question of whether government policies to cut net migration from outside the EU may be stimulating a demand for more EU workers.

video 22 Aug 2011

The UK and Global Migration Governance

Dr Alexander Betts speaks to Rob McNeil about the UK and global migration governance.

video 22 Aug 2011

Asylum Policy

Dr Matthew Gibney speaks to Rob McNeil about UK asylum policy.

commentary 12 Aug 2011

Remittances: the invisible billions

High-income countries around the world are major receivers of remittances.

commentary 20 Jul 2011

Population – how big is too big?

Most politicians have skirted the issue of what size the population of the UK should actually be.

briefing 11 Jul 2011

Irregular Migration in the UK: Definitions, Pathways and Scale

Discusses the complexities of defining and measuring irregular migration.

video 05 Jul 2011

Integration

Sarah Spencer discusses integration with Rob McNeil

video 29 Jun 2011

Mixed Migration

Dr Nicolas Van Hear speaks to Rob McNeil about the policy challenges involved in mixed migration.

commentary 20 Jun 2011

Off Target: Government policies are not on track to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands by 2015

There is significant uncertainty about any assessments of the impacts of policy changes on future net migration.

commentary 17 Jun 2011

Family fortunes: How far can reforms to family migration go towards reducing net migration?

Reforming the family migration route is the last of the four key elements in the government’s ongoing reform of immigration.

briefing 27 May 2011

UK Public Opinion toward Migration: Determinants of Attitudes

Examines what determines people’s attitudes toward migration in the UK.

commentary 26 May 2011

Net Weight: Focusing only on net migration doesn’t show the whole picture

Focusing only on long-term net migration risks failing to consider other vital data about migration in the UK – not least, how many migrants are actually here.

commentary 23 May 2011

Unsettling? Challenges with using changes in settlement policy to reduce net migration

Reducing net migration is likely to be dependent not only on reducing the number of migrants entering the UK, but also on boosting the number of people who leave.

video 05 May 2011

Irregular Migrant children and Public Policy

Dr Nando Sigona speaks to Rob McNeil about irregular migrant children and public policy.

commentary 29 Apr 2011

Czechs and balances: What will the May 1st changes mean for Eastern European migration to the UK?

What will the lifting of the WRS mean for A8 migration to the UK?

commentary 14 Apr 2011

Tangled up in the net? Challenges with reducing net migration to the tens of thousands

It is clear that achieving the net-migration target of the tens of thousands presents an enourmous challenge.

commentary 05 Apr 2011

Imposing caps, filling gaps or charging tax – how should we control labour immigration?

What else could the government do to effectively regulate labour immigration?

report 05 Apr 2011

Top Ten Problems in the Evidence Base for Public Debate and Policy-Making on Immigration in the UK

Sets out the ten most important problems in the evidence base on immigration and migrants in the UK.

commentary 01 Apr 2011

International students: A+ or D- for the UK?

The Coalition government announced plans that will, they say, reduce the number of student visas issued by 70-80,000

commentary 29 Mar 2011

The Migration Observatory – better information for a more rational debate

The Migration Observatory is designed to provide a solid, independent source of analysis that anyone can use to understand migration and immigration issues.

primer 29 Mar 2011

Responding to Employers: Labour Shortages and Immigration Policy

Discusses the challenges in linking the admission of new migrant workers to the needs of the economy.

primer 28 Mar 2011

Citizenship: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Discusses the objectives and implications of citizenship policy and examines the concept of citizenship in the UK.

primer 28 Mar 2011

Integration

Discusses government policy towards migrants after their arrival in the UK.

video 27 Mar 2011

Demographic objectives in migration policy

Dr Alessio Cangiano speaks to Rob McNeil about demographic objectives in migration policy.

video 27 Mar 2011

Citizenship: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Dr Bridget Anderson speaks to Rob McNeil about citizenship.

video 27 Mar 2011

Responding to Employers: Labour Shortages and Immigration Policy

Dr Martin Ruhs speaks to Rob McNeil about labour shortages and immigration policy.

video 27 Mar 2011

Controlling Labour Immigration: Caps and Alternatives

Dr Martin Ruhs speaks to Rob McNeil about controlling labour immigration, caps and alternatives.

video 27 Mar 2011

The Migration Observatory Launch Video

Stakeholders from a range of organisations explain why the Migration Observatory is a valuable resource.

video 27 Mar 2011

Immigration Detention: Policy Challenges

Dr Mary Boswell speaks with Rob McNeil about immigration detention in the UK.

primer 26 Mar 2011

Asylum Policy

Examines some of the key questions underlying the UK’s asylum policy, focusing on challenges and tensions.

primer 24 Mar 2011

Social Care for Older People and Demand for Migrant Workers

Discusses the challenge of the growing demand for social care for older people and the role of migrant care workers.

primer 24 Mar 2011

Immigration Detention: Policy Challenges

Discusses key questions and policy challenges arising from the detention of foreign nationals in the UK.

primer 24 Mar 2011

The UK and Global Migration Governance

This policy primer discusses the emerging debate on the global governance of migration.

primer 24 Mar 2011

Demographic Objectives in Migration Policy-making

Reviews key issues and challenges in setting and achieving demographic objectives in migration policy-making.

primer 24 Mar 2011

Irregular Migrant Children and Public Policy

Looks at the tensions between child protection laws and immigration and asylum laws and examines the implications.

primer 24 Mar 2011

Mixed Migration: Policy Challenges

Explores the policy challenges of mixed migration, considering the mixed motivations of migrants and mixed migratory streams.

primer 23 Mar 2011

Migrants in London: Policy Challenges

Discusses the policy challenges arising from the diversity and scale of immigration in London.

commentary 11 Feb 2011

Opinion Polls – a vital tool or a sledgehammer to crack a nut?

British people are more opposed to immigration than all of the other countries surveyed - even though several of these countries have higher levels of immigration and illegal immigration than the UK.

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