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New Report: Shifting Ground: Views on immigration during the long term and during election campaigns

A new study by Ipsos MORI looking at how British attitudes towards immigration have changed over the long term and during election campaigns is published today. The report, “Shifting Ground”, combines existing data with new findings from a longitudinal study which followed voters during, throughout, and after the 2015 General Election campaign in order to track changes in individuals’ attitudes.

The study finds concerns about immigration have indisputably risen over the long term. The importance of immigration as an issue facing Britain on the Economist/Ipsos MORI Issues Index reached record levels in 2015, with 56% of the public mentioning it in September; the highest level ever recorded since the series started in the 1970s.

As well as growing concern overall, there were changes in the profile of people who are concerned about the issue. In particular, in the early 2000s there was relatively little difference between the oldest and youngest generations on concern about immigration, but in the last few years there is a growing generational divide with older generations having become much more concerned than younger generations.

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Read Full Article: Shifting Ground: Views on immigration during the long term and during election campaigns.



Easter Eye News: Immigration in the spotlight at second EE election debate

By Reena Kumar and Imran Choudhury


ENGAGED: (From left) Nihal, Neeraj Dhingra, Kalpesh Solanki, Barry Gardiner, Shailesh Solanki, Vindo Thakrar, Shailesh Vara, Ramniklal Solanki CBE and Lord Dholakia

Three seasoned politicians pulled out all the stops to convince voters to choose their parties during the second Eastern Eye election debate in front of a 200-strong audience in Harrow last week.

Barry Gardiner, Labour candidate for Brent North, Shailesh Vara, who is seeking re-election in North West Cambridgeshire, and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Navnit Dholakia were grilled by BBC Asian Network presenter DJ Nihal and the guests last Monday (20) in the final EE hustings before voters go to the polls next Thursday (7). They debated issues including immigration and the EU referendum at the Dhamecha Lohana Centre in south Harrow.

Read more – Eastern Eye:  Immigration in the spotlight at second EE election debate.


New Publications on Racial Violence; International Students; Irish Communities; Free Movement; Immigration and Integration

Racial Violence: Facing Reality
By Jon Burnett for the Institute of Race Relations.

Racial violence: facing reality warns that attacks on BME individuals are actually spreading to new areas of the country, as under the impact of globalisation and austerity measures, populations swiftly change; and points to the potential dangers in ‘decanting’ those affected by the benefits cap to towns and cities which have little history of ‘diversity’.
Attacks are often taking place in communities where BME families or workers are isolated, where there are few support services and such experiences often go unrecorded and become part of a repeat pattern.

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Open for business? Survey of international student perceptions of post-study opportunities in the UK.
By Warren, Adam P.; Windsor, George; Mavroudi, Elizabeth; and  Vasishta, Thalej

The research also revealed that only 11 per cent of overseas students said they would recommend the UK as a country for business opportunities. The results, from a groundbreaking online survey of 585 overseas students from the UKs 165 Higher Education Institutions between October and December 2012, found that government rhetoric over visas is a major contributor the perception that the UK is not a good place for overseas students to set up a business.

[Download Full Report] and [Download Briefing Paper]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – International student perceptions – New study).

Under Pressure: a report into far-right and Loyalist attacks against Irish community parades/marches in Liverpool during 2012
Written by Ryan Erfani-Ghettani

The report, Under Pressure, provides an account of recent anti-Irish racism in Liverpool, linking it to a history of institutional racism and far-right and Loyalist activity in the city. The activity of the British security services in the 1970s had led to the Irish being treated as a ‘suspect community’ through measures such as stop and search, and intimidating visits to the homes of activists who spoke against British government policy in Ireland. This was coupled with a hostile media campaign. This, according to CNE, effectively stamped out Irish community activity on the streets of Liverpool until the ‘90s, when, despite the best efforts of local Loyalists and Orange Order members, the Irish community fought back and its parades were re-established. Now, says CNE, that revived tradition is under attack.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Institute of Race Relations: Liverpool’s Irish community under attack).

How free is free movement? Dynamics and drivers of mobility within the European UnionBy Meghan Benton and Milica Petrovic for the European branch of the  US-based Migration Policy Insititute
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(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – MPI report says EU free movement is positive but benefits likely to be unevenly distributed).

Immigration -the Rational Debate North West Focus Group: Regional Economy and Jobs Market.  Friday 18th January 2013.
Produced by Migrant Workers North West.
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(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – Migrant Workers North West publishes focus group report on migration in the region)

Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration
Produced by The Maytree Foundation.

In our most recent publication, Practice to Policy: Lessons for Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration, four international policy experts explore the work that local governments are doing to welcome and integrate immigrants, the conditions that influence their work, and trends in local level immigrant integration.

Audrey Singer (Washington) paints a picture of shifting metropolitan immigration patterns in North America and internationally. Roland Roth (Magdeburg and Stendal) explores the ways that cities are recognizing immigrants as a key to urban prosperity, while Myer Siemiatycki (Toronto) explores the ways that integration influences and is influenced by our public spaces. Finally, Jan Niessen (Brussels) looks at the ways that national policy interacts with local policy by examining global policy trends and commenting on gaps and convergences.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – Lessons on integration for local leadership).

ESSHC Vienna: migration and ethnicy. Deadline May 15 2013.

*** Apologies for Cross-Posting ***

Dear all

The ESSHC is one of the most important venues for migration researchers. The next ESSHC will be held in Vienna in 2014.


Registration for ESSHC 2014 is now open.

The deadline for pre-registration is 15 may 2013. To go directly to the registration form click


Ethnicity and Migration is the largest network at the ESSHC. There were over 40 sessions and 160 papers on migration and ethnicity at the last two conferences (Ghent 2010 and Glasgow 2012).

We invite you to submit ideas for a session or an abstract for a paper.

A session consists of four speakers, a chair and a commentator. The chair and the commentator can be the same person. The speakers are not to come from the same institute (best also not from the same country).

In the past organisers of sessions have successfully used H-migration for finding additional speakers, chairs and commentators.

We have a preference for the submission of complete sessions, but authors can also submit individual papers. We as network chairs will do our best to allocate them to sessions. It may not always be a perfect match.

Below please find some themes and questions that arose during the last network meeting in Glasgow. We would definitely welcome sessions and individual papers fitting in with these themes. We are going to encourage that the best sessions will lead to publications.

Your contribution might not fit into these areas, or cover very different ground. We will still consider them, since the ESSHC sessions are always open to new and exciting research and themes..

We are looking forward to your ideas and hope that with your participation the ESSHC 2014 will be as successful as the previous one.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Chairs of the Ethnicity and Migration Network

Marlou Schrover            Leiden University, History Department,   m.l.j.c.schrover@hum.leidenuniv.nl <mailto:m.l.j.c.schrover@hum.leidenuniv.nl>

Dariusz Stola                  Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences stola@isppan.waw.pl <mailto:stola@isppan.waw.pl>

Phillipe Rygiel                 Université Paris I, Centre d’histoire sociale du XXe siècle, France, prygiel@ens.fr <mailto:prygiel@ens.fr>

Per-Olof Gronberg         Centre for Population Studies, Umeå University, Sweden, per-olof.gronberg@ddb.umu.se <mailto:per-olof.gronberg@ddb.umu.se>

Suggestions for sessions:

+ The Other Europeans. Migrations to and from eastern and central Europe in modern times

+ Forgotten makers of migrations.

Scholarly texts have for a very long time focused mainly on migrants and to a lesser extent states as primary forces determining migration patterns and volumes. We do however know that many other actors take part in the migration process and sometimes greatly contribute to its forms and patterns, be they churches, private companies, unions, and private actors providing means or resources to migrants for various reasons. The fact however has never really been theorized or historicized.

+ Defining the migrants

In any given context, deciding who is and who is not a migrant is a very demanding task. For various reasons a lot of people who cross border are not defined as such, but are called visitors, or tourists or students, or merchants, or expatriates, or illegal foreigners. The definition of these categories, changing over time, promises to shed light on the way state agencies and societies define and regulate the migration process.

+ Migrations and empires

Scholarship on migrations within imperial spaces tends to be divided along national lines (ie French, English, Portuguese, Dutch). Comparing the different experiences would be a first

+ Health and migrations in modern times

Migration control emerges quite often from the will to avoid the spread of diseases and uses some of the same techniques. Also, representations of migrants, quite often insist on them as plague carriers.

+ Transnational norms and migrations. An historical look

Historiography on migrations has been very nation and state centered, and ignored attempt to define international norms for migrations that sometimes, through very similar bilateral agreements, can be traced back to early modern times .

+ Public discourses, Migrations and Ethnicity

Do debates have any effect on the regulation of migration? Do they aim to? Who are the claim makers? Who sets the agenda?

+ Children and migrations

When and  why did children become a separate category of migrants/

+ In defense of migrants

Anti-migrants feelings, and policies, have been flaring up in recent years but they have also witnessed public manifestations of solidarity with targeted migrant or ethnic groups and intense political activism emanating from political actors defining the defense of migrants as an important part of their political agenda. If xenophobic or anti-migrants manifestations and activism has been well documented, the activities of their opponents has been generally overlooked.

+ gender and  migration

Studies which address gender seem to get stuck on the same issues: trafficking, prostitution and exploitation. Furthermore, they tend address femininity and women rather than making comparisons to masculinity and men.

+ selecting migrants

Much of migration policy today and in the past is based on the idea that it is possible to select migrants.

Other issues we would like to see addressed:

– regulating migration: visa policies and migration control

– migration and religion

– migrant cinema

– migration and mobility

– immigration and emigration: two sides of the same coin

– migration and professional networks


Re-blog: Ghostbusting with Panorama – National and Local debates on Immigration

Original Link: http://ramfelspeaksout.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/ghostbusting-with-panorama-national-and.html

Ghostbusting with Panorama – National and Local debates on Immigration

We are months of from Halloween but obviously Panorama likes to get in quick. Whether imagined or real there are ‘ghosts’ within all communities, people who for one reason or another are forced  to live in the shadows by the state apparatus that either conspires against them or is too incompetent to work with them.
There is good and bad in every community, but Panorama’s documentary ‘Immigration Undercover’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q9vds would have us believe that all migrants are bad, fused with an inner evil that makes them prone to criminality. We need to recognise that it is the state system that doesn’t recognise them emotionally, financially or politically that can in some cases force people into such behaviour.
There is so much said and written at the national level, both by government and the growing industry of ‘think tank’ organisation’s  like British Future,  who claim to be promoting integration, and a better understanding of immigration. However, it’s a different dialect and approach to working at the local level, which dare I say is where most of the work needs to be done, especially in the run up to next year’s local council elections in London and the general election in 2015.
Tweeting endlessly about immigration, does no one any favours, it is a closet group of concerned activists, who share reports and diatribes amongst their own. Reaching Joe and Joanne, or for that matter Jagdeep and Jana public is far more difficult.
After the last election a group of funders got together and formed what they called the ‘Changing minds’ initiative. Absolutely what was needed at the  time and well meaning, interesting to see how such thinking has now become embedded at the national level but remains so disconnected from what is going on locally.
Immigration debates today at neighbourhood, ward meetings are not about the old issue of black and white racism they are as likely to be embodied with community tensions between different ethnic minority groups – a more complex system of Fugi’s and Freshies, ethnic minorities with rights and those with out.
So let’s take a local area like  Ilford and look at what last night’s Panorama means at the local level.
First the facts about Ilford. The issue of street sleepers from the Asian community has been an issue for some time in the borough. There is an issue around prostitution in the area, but not as defined by the Madame in the programme. The council along with various other agencies have tried time and time again to ‘deal’ with the situations, but it is a stop and start approach, fuelled by a hesitancy and lack of resources, and a definite lack of leadership.
The street sleepers spend the day either at our offices, those of another local charity or  opposite the local police station because that is where they feel safe. They come from all communities, and it is the best example of community cohesion and integration there is. Walk past the benches any time of the day or night and you will hear at least six or seven languages being spoken, and people joking and jostling with one another. To the outsider it can appear intimidating, can appear hostile, and alien, but that doesn’t make it criminal.
At the moment two shelters are being run in the borough to support these individuals the vast majority of whom are homeless. What is interesting about this is the way the local council chooses to support such activities. All the support and funding for the Cold winter Shelters locally is being ploughed into the Salvation Army (who are doing a fantastic and amazing job), however the council have said that they can’t and won’t support the main Gurdwara in the borough.
Reason because they work on the basis of Equal Opportunities! No we don’t understand it either.
At the moment RAMFEL is providing, (90% unfunded), legal advice services to those staying  both at the Salvation Army and Gurdwara. There must be at least 100 people sleeping every night across both sites. So far we have been able to get 2 people into private housing, have another 11 awaiting for properties (both in an out of the borough) got two people into employment and training and helped six opt for voluntary return back to their country of origin, whilst another 3 have possible immigration applications that need to either be made or looked into.
Last time Panorama came to Ilford was about operation Norman, when it looked at the issue of child trafficking in the Romanian Roma community. At the time even the signs on the A12 saying Ilford scared the council senseless – what would this do to the reputation of Ilford? house prices, and tensions between local communities.
A lot was said by all concerned including the police, but very little happened. The real issue is if the legislative framework which means that the Romanian Roma cannot access benefits, cannot get work or now even become self employed as easily means  fuelling tensions, based on false perceptions and a lack of understanding about immigration law. At the moment what  all we hear about nationally is the prospect of all of Bulgaria and Romania emigrating to the UK in January 2014.There is a rightful place and need for such debates and discussions, as the excellent Migration Observatory’s work shows (another Changing Mind’s initiative, but possibly only one of a few that has the power to actually change minds), but it does also need to be understood at the local level. We have all (national, local government and voluntary organisations) collectively missed a trick, we should be seeking to make the Integration guidance a part of the statutory framework, because there remains such a huge disconnect between the national media, national agencies and what is going on locally on the ground.
Ilford and Redbridge is not a bad borough because of migration, it’s a better borough for it, no ifs and no buts, but who apart from the us is going to stand up locally and say that.
The silence is deafening.

Event: Immigration Detention Seminar Series

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Dear all

I’m pleased to announce a new seminar series exploring everyday practice and resistance in immigration detention. The first seminar, on the theme of ‘Supporting Immigration Detainees’ is scheduled to take place in London, at Resource for London, on the 1st February 2013, 9-4pm, and the speakers include:

– Dr. Lauren Martin (Oulu University, Finland), expert on US detention system,

– Dr. Adeline Trude, Research and Policy Director, Bail for Immigration Detainees,

– Ali McGinley, Director, Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees,

– John Speyer, Director, Music in Detention,

– Dr. JoAnn McGregor (University College London), expert on British immigration removal centres,

– Prof. Heaven Crawley (Swansea University, Centre for Migration and Policy Research), expert on child and family detention.

– Gill Baden, Campaign to Close Campsfield and the Bail Observation Project.

Our capacity for the event is limited, so places will need to be booked (before Friday **18th January** please). We’re reserving a proportion of the places for practitioners, asylum seekers and former detainees. In the case of the latter two, there are some funds to help with attendance. Please contact me ( n.m.gill@exeter.ac.uk ) to reserve a place or to find out more about these funds.

The seminar series will also involve events in York (‘The Politics of Detention’, lead organiser Alexandra Hall), Birmingham (‘The Relation Between Prison and Detention’, lead organiser Dominique Moran), Oxford (‘The Everyday Experience of Immigration Detention’ lead organiser Mary Bosworth) and Lancaster (‘Activism in and Around Detention’ lead organiser Imogen Tyler). There’s more information available at the seminar series website, including information about the objectives of the series: http://immigrationdetentionseminarseries.wordpress.com/ . The series is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Best wishes


Dr. Nick Gill
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
University of Exeter


New Publications on Immigration Detention; Campaigning; UKREN; Immigration

Border Watch

Border Watch

Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control.
Written by Alexandra Hall and published by Pluto Books.
From the product description:

Questions over immigration and asylum face almost all Western countries. Should only economically useful immigrants be allowed? What should be done with unwanted or ‘illegal’ immigrants? In this bold and original intervention, Alexandra Hall shows that immigration detention centres offer a window onto society’s broader attitudes towards immigrants.

Despite periodic media scandals, remarkably little has been written about the everyday workings of the grassroots immigration system, or about the people charged with enacting immigration policy at local levels. Detention, particularly, is a hidden side of border politics, despite its growing international importance as a tool of control and security. This book fills the gap admirably, analysing the everyday encounters between officers and immigrants in detention to explore broad social trends and theoretical concerns.

This highly topical book provides rare insights into the treatment of the ‘other’ and will be essential for policy makers and students studying anthropology and sociology.

[Further Details]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Campaigning Toolkit: An aid to understanding the asylum and immigration

Campaigning Toolkit

Campaigning Toolkit

systems in the UK, and to campaigning for the right to stay.
Produced by the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns.

The Campaigning Toolkit is a comprehensive printed and online resource for people at risk of removal, and the groups working to support them.

The Toolkit aims help migrants understand the asylum and immigration systems, to know their rights, and to be as well-equipped as possible to make a successful application. In the case of a refusal, we hope the Toolkit enables migrants to know what a campaign is, whether it’s right for them, and to be at the centre of the campaign and of all of the decisions made.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

People of African Descent in Europe,
A UKREN Briefing Paper – June 2012
By Amy Clarke.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Network Ebulletin)

Report: Britain’s ‘70 Million’ Debate: A Primer on Reducing Immigration to Manage Population Size.
Produced by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.[Download Full Report]
(Source: Network Ebulletin)