[…] Two weeks ago, I lead the UK MIPEX users’ training: how can governments and advocates use international information to inform a future UK policy on integration? Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron addressed his Conservative party outlininghis approach to immigration and settlement. He mentioned two recent UK proposals that I used during the training in order to show how MIPEX can “fact-check” politicians’ evidence-base.
Two days before the Users’ Training, the UK became better equipped in the fight for evidence-based migration policies, thanks to the new Migration Observatory. At the training, Ben Gidley of COMPAS at Oxford University, who is working on this national data-source, presented how UK researchers can add MIPEX to their international arsenal of statistics. MIPEX is already in the hands of several actors in British debates on integration like Runnymede Trust, a MIPEX national partner.
The UK’s new coalition government wants new legislation from arrival to citizenship but so far lacks direction, as it plans for consultations in the coming months.[…]
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[…] In April, when David Cameron made his major speech on migration, I found myself heading to Brick Lane to be interviewed by Newsnight, to talk about integration. Although my segment was lost in the cut, taking the time out made me reflect on some of the issues I’ve been writing about here.
I was struck by the narrowness of the debate and the way its parameters have been set by those events in 2001. In contrast, the academic literature, as well as the European Union policy debate, sees integration as a complex process, which takes place in a number of different spheres of life: migrants’ participation in the labour market, social interaction and civic involvement, for example, as well as cultural integration, shared values or a sense of belonging. In Britain, though, it is only these last aspects which tend to make it into the debate.
Thus, the prime minister was right to point to the ways in which charities, financial services, fashion, food and music have been shaped by migrants, but it is important to be clear that these are examples of integration too, and not something separate.[…]