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Boost for Brexit campaigners as figures show record 2.1m EU nationals working in UK

The number of EU nationals working in Britain now stands at a record 2.1 million, according to statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released on 9 May.

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Professor John van Reenen, director of the ESSRC funded Centre for Economic Performance

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The UK tumbles out of top ten in key immigration ranking

The UK tumbles out of top ten in key immigration ranking | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The coalition prioritised cutting migrant numbers but has also made life more difficult for those still coming in.
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Author of this article, Ben Gidley, is a senior researcher at the ESRC-funded Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). He has also received ESRC funding for his research.

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Britain reaches its limit on skilled migrant workers

Britain reaches its limit on skilled migrant workers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Government faces criticism that UK is now closed to ‘brightest and best’ after cap on workers from outside EU leads to visa rejections for first time
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Sharp fall in number of foreigners winning British passports

Sharp fall in number of foreigners winning British passports | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Foreign nationals awarded British citizenship declined by 40 per cent last year as Coalition policies took effect
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The cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Is the penny finally dropping? - Migration is a sign of how normal a society is, rather than a threat to its existence

The fact that the government failed to reach its target for reducing net migration is bad news for them, but rather good news when considered as an indication of an economy not still mired in deepest recession.

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The article cites analysis by the ESRC-funded Centre for Economic Performance.

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You will need to sign up to 'British values' just to visit the UK

You will need to sign up to 'British values' just to visit the UK | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

New Tory proposals would require foreign visitors who want to work, study or do business in Britain to pledge allegiance to so-called "British values", in a move branded "ridiculous" by senior coalition partners.


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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory based at the University of Oxford

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Why is Purbeck the only place in UK where migrant numbers are falling?

Why is Purbeck the only place in UK where migrant numbers are falling? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

PURBECK is the only place in Britain where migration has fallen, according to Migration Observatory figures.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory based at the University of Oxford

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Outrage as taxpayer-funded economist claims Britain has 'masses of room' for more migrants

A taxpayer funded economist has provoked outrage after he told MPs Britain has “masses of room” for more immigrants.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory based at Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford

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Romanian and Bulgarian workers in UK up 50,000 after curbs lifted

Romanian and Bulgarian workers in UK up 50,000 after curbs lifted | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Britons account for two-thirds of extra jobs and are not being displaced by migrants, Labour Force Survey finds.

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Article cites figures from ESRC-funded The Oxford University Migration Observatory

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Party conferences 2014: What's the best Labour can pitch for on immigration?

With opinion polls still showing that the subject of immigration still elicits very strong anti- responses, with anything up to 70% of people saying they want to see incoming numbers reduced, it ought to be a no-brainer that these moods will be picked up by the parties and given due prominence during the election campaign.


Yet of the three largest parties in Westminster Labour is the one which will find it hardest to reflect negative views on immigration in its election manifesto.  It won’t be admitted by the leadership, but we can expect that the line being whispered out by the party’s campaign strategists will be – least said the better. 

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The article cites research from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), which receives ESRC funding.

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UK net migration up by more than 38%

UK net migration up by more than 38% | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Net migration into the UK increased by more than 38% to 243,000 in 2013-14, government statisticians have said.


The Oxford Migration Observatory said the latest figures made it "effectively impossible for the government to achieve its target by the end of this Parliament without radical measures".

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The Migration Observatory, quoted in this article, receives funding from the ESRC.

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Ignacio Quintana's curator insight, October 14, 2014 8:53 PM

Similar to another article I found, here we see how they plan to address this Immigration issue. Since the emigration is smaller than immigration, The UK is scared of having too many people. They will attempt to lower the rate of immigration, but they understand it will be tough. They have interestingly found that around a quarter of these immigrants were single mothers, so maybe the UK has a good looking economy which attracts people like single mothers looking to provide for a family.

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Net migration to UK soars by 39 per cent to 243,000

Net migration to UK soars by 39 per cent to 243,000 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Net migration to Britain has surged by 68,000 in the past year to 243,000, despite promises to reduce the figure to below 100,000 by next May's general election.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Industrial revival or sweatshop UK?

Industrial revival or sweatshop UK? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

UK manufacturing costs now rival those in Eastern Europe, but low-paid workers may not join the celebrations

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Article cites The Migration Observatory, which is part funded by the ESRC

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This medical app is being used in Europe's refugee camps to help doctors

This medical app is being used in Europe's refugee camps to help doctors | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

MedShr, a free medical app that allows doctors to discuss medical problems, is becoming a valuable tool for doctors in migrant camps

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Article cites an ESRC-funded report by the University of Birmingham

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UK population at record high, with net migration the biggest driver

UK population at record high, with net migration the biggest driver | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Britain’s population grew by 491,000 in the year to mid-2014 to nearly 64.6 million, with net migration accounting for 53 per cent of the rise and births 46 per cent

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The article cites Carlos Vargas-Silva, a senior researcher at the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory.

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Figures show immigration surge as illegal working bill unveiled

Figures show immigration surge as illegal working bill unveiled | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Net migration to UK reached 318,000 in 2014, just below all-time peak in 2005, with immigration from outside Europe rising strongly
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The article quotes Madeleine Sumption, director of the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Population 'up 565,000 since 2011'

Population 'up 565,000 since 2011' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The population of England has risen by 565,000 since 2011 because of immigration, a major analysis by the University of Oxford estimates.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Alexa Earl's curator insight, March 14, 2015 12:45 PM

This amazes me that in 4 years a population has grown so much especially in a higher developed country. This article analyzes population and the growth in England. 

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Migration figures expected to shatter Cameron's 'tens of thousands' pledge

Migration figures expected to shatter Cameron's 'tens of thousands' pledge | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Net influx to Britain now higher than when Conservative-led coalition took office, ONS quarterly update set to reveal
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory

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Migrant voters could help swing the election result

Migrant voters could help swing the election result | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
New research shows migrants have more political power than they realise - but will they use it?
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The article cites the ESRC-funded Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester.

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Revealed: the real reasons immigrants come to the UK - Telegraph

Revealed: the real reasons immigrants come to the UK - Telegraph | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Immigrants moving to the UK for work are the largest and fastest-growing category, but non-EU citizens moving for study are increasing
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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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Dave's Big Migration Promise Is Now 'Dead And Buried'

David Cameron's pledge to bring net migration down to the "tens of thousands" is effectively "dead and buried" as official figures revealed that its level rose to 260,000 in the year to June.


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Article cites The Migration Observatory which receives funding from the ESRC and is based at the ESRC-funded Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) within the University of Oxford.

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FactCheck: have you been swamped by EU migrants?

FactCheck: have you been swamped by EU migrants? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Are there really towns that have been swamped by European migrants? Where are the hotspots? Is there pressure on jobs and housing?
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The article quotes the University of Oxford's Migration Observatory, which is part-funded by the ESRC.

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Report shows the extent of exclusion from the welfare safety net for migrants in Berlin and Madrid

As the debate about migrant access to social welfare rages across Europe, this pilot study of the situation in two cities – Berlin and Madrid – starts to fill the very large gaps in real knowledge about the issues and principles at stake.

City-Level Responses to Migrant Families with Restricted Access to Welfare Benefits sets out the findings of research conducted by the COMPAS-based researchers, Jonathan Price and Sarah Spencer.
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COMPAS is funded by the ESRC.

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Reinforcements arrive in Calais to deal with migrants making for Britain

Reinforcements arrive in Calais to deal with migrants making for Britain | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

French police reinforcements have arrived in the northern French city of Calais after its mayor threatened to block the port, unless Britain does more to stem the flow of illegal migrants.

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The article quotes Dr Franck Düvell, of the ESRC-funded Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.


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The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too

The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The public’s views on immigration are more nuanced than is often assumed.
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The article cites Robert McNeil and Dr Carlos Vargas Silva, from the ESRC-funded Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

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