New refugee integration indicators for the UK

Prof. Jenny Phillimore has a made significant contribution to the development of new Indicators on Integration Framework. They are the most comprehensive materials to date and have the potential to reframe thinking on a National and Global scale.

UK failing to provide universal health coverage by charging undocumented migrant kids for healthcare, claim experts

By charging undocumented child migrants for healthcare, the UK is failing to provide universal health coverage–in contravention of the Sustainable Development Goals and its obligations under the UN convention on children’s rights–argue infectious disease and global health experts, including IRiS Deputy Director Dr Nando Sigona in an editorial published online in the Archives of Disease…

The government’s hostile environment and its consequences on integration

By Jenny Phillimore (@japhillimore) and Nando Sigona (@nandosigona) Published in Discover Society‘s special issue responding to the UK Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, which was published on 14th  March with a deadline for responses of 5th June. The special issue  is available here as a pdf ] Can you have an integrated society in a hostile environment? The UK Government’s…

Windrush generation is not alone – children of EU citizens could be next

by Nando Sigona, Deputy IRiS Director, University of Birmingham Theresa May, the UK prime minister, and Amber Rudd, home secretary, have both apologised for the distress caused by the treatment of the so-called “Windrush generation”, in the face of mounting pressure from MPs and the wider public. Having been accused by the Home Office of residing in the UK without…

Perspectives on how government can boost migrant’s English Language skills.

by Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) Boosting English language is one of the policy proposals outlined in DHCLG’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper.  There is no doubt that being able to speak, read and write fluently the language of the country in which you reside is important for integration. …

What does integration mean for today’s young migrants in Britain?

The Integration green paper places much emphasis on integrating young people in its proposals especially in relation to education. Dr Rachel Humphris and Dr Nando Sigona consider the factors that may determine success and failure of integration policy for this diverse cohort. What does integration mean for a young migrant in Britain today? To what…

Increasing economic opportunity, addressing ethnic inequalities

Labour market disadvantage is one of the factors highlighted in the green paper as affecting integration, given the emphasis on equalising economic opportunities as a priority. IRiS academic, Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips, explores this issue in more detail. Fulfilling individuals’ potential within the labour market has been a long-time focus of recent governments. The Strategy Green…