The refugee crisis and the UK’s PR politics

by Nando Sigona The refugee crisis is now – in Budapest, Kos, Lesvos, Calais, Pozzallo, Zuwarah, but the UK government pledges to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over five years (i.e. 4000 a year). Are Cameron & co. expecting the civil war to last that long or are they playing a game of cynical math wizardry? What…

Asylum crisis? What crisis?

by Jenny Phillimore @japhillimore With the monthly asylum application figures published today and these demonstrating a 527 reduction in the number of asylum seekers making their claims on British soil from 2751 in January 2015 and from 2370 the equivalent period last year, I find myself wondering why have the numbers decreased? Indeed the general…

Migration, social networks and integration: new IRiS Working Papers out

Two new IRiS Working Papers (no. 6 and 7) exploring issues related migration, social networks and integration policy and practice are out today. Using a wide range of literature, Dr Marta Kindler and colleagues (IRiS WP no. 6) focus upon the ways in which social networks and social capital have been found to promote or…

In an era of superdiversity we need to radically rethink integration, says Nando Sigona at Bright Blue’s Immigration Commission

In September 2014, the Conservative think-tank Bright Blue hosted an oral evidence session on immigration. A team of high-profile commissioners interviewed experts from academia, government, journalism, the third sector and business. There were eight main sessions: business and growth; work and poverty; education, research, innovation and skills; local communities and public services; refugees, border control, visas and detention…

Causes and experiences of poverty among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

From the mid-1990s onwards, policies and legislation governing the treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers have become more restrictionist in the UK. Experiences of poverty among this group have been well documented throughout this period, however, the resulting evidence base remains fragmented. Most qualitative data relates to the experiences of specific groups, for example, child asylum…