Future trends - international migration, population movements and cohesion

Ahead of our seminar on the impact of migration on the VCS next Tuesday, I was doing a bit of reading about migration and came across this report which explores future trends and impacts on international migration and population movement within the UK. Participants attending the seminar might want to have a read of this as a bit of background research to the day but equally it’s a useful summary of some of the main trends affecting migration for anyone interested in this area. The report is from a conference held by the (LGAR) Local Government and Analysis Research where they have a horizon scanning centre. The report summarises the presentations and panel discussions from the day which covered a variety of issues related to migration. The Minister for Borders and Immigration gave a key note speech outlining the measures that the government will be taking over the next year to better understand and manage non EU international migration (see global population movements) and speakers from IPPR and the University of London explored likely future trends in the patterns of migration and demographic change in the UK more widely. An expert panel made up of senior policy makers from the Institute of Community Cohesion, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Slough Borough Council and the IDeA also led a discussion of how cohesion issues might look in 10 years time, and how they would best be addressed.

Immigration, faith and cohesion

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has also just produced another report to add to their extensive collection of research on migration. The report ‘Immigration, faith and cohesion’ explores some of the factors that affect community cohesion in urban areas in England with significant Muslim populations. The research was a response to a series of official reports that identified a lack of ‘community cohesion’ in the UK as an underlying factor in urban disturbances in northern towns in 2001. The research focused on areas where there are relatively large numbers of recently arrived Muslim migrants and established Muslim residents and sought to identify some of the factors that contribute to a lack of ‘community cohesion’ amongst these communities. It examines factors such as a lack of levels of participation, family support networks, inequality and their sense of Britishness. Despite increasingly tolerant atittudes towards ethnicity, 50% of minority ethnic interviewees said they had experienced unfair treatment because of their colour or ethnicity which had included a stronger 'faith dimension' since the terrorist attacks of recent years. With increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in the UK, it is important for all VCOs to consider their relationship with different groups of the UK population.

It’s not too late to book a place at our event – the impact of migration on the VCS for next Tuesday 8th April where Emma Stone, Principal Research Manager at JRF, (alongside other speakers) will be presenting some of their current research on migration. She will be highlightinghow migration has changed over the last few years, how it is likely to change in future and outline some of the potential effects this might have upon the UK.

Last updated at 14:20 Mon 21/Sep/09.
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