MigrationWork Knowledge Bank

A collection of public resources including toolkits, infographics, links and reports on topics such as integration, cohesion, immigration and more. The knowledge bank features publications by various authors and organisations.

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The social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services – A country study on immigra…

Institute for Employment Studies2016

This country case study was submitted by IES to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in July 2014.
It was one of a collection based on different countries, carried out by different institutions, which were used as the foundation for the Eurofound report ’Social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services’.
The case study represents the results of a literature review, data analysis and qualitative research conducted into the impact on UK public services of immigrants from the new Member States.

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Quality of legal services for asylum seekers

MigrationWork CIC2016

SRA has published an extensive study of asylum legal advice, with Migration Work CIC, Refugee Action and Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC). The study involved speaking with 123 asylum seekers, an online survey of solicitors and interviews with solicitors, community groups and representative bodies. A barrister with extensive experience in immigration and asylum casework undertook file reviews.

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Briefing 1 - Migrants and Community Cohesion

MigrationWork CIC2015

MigrationWork colleagues worked with Migration Yorkshire and local authorities in the area on Integration Up North, to develop or improve their strategic planning on migration related issues. From this, we wrote up four briefings, this one is on migration and community cohesion.

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Briefing 2 - Migrants and Equality & Diversity

MigrationWork CIC2015

MigrationWork colleagues worked with Migration Yorkshire and local authorities in the area on Integration Up North, to develop or improve their strategic planning on migration related issues. From this, we wrote up four briefings, this one is on migration and equality & diversity.

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Briefing 3 - Making Migration a Human Issue

MigrationWork CIC2015

MigrationWork colleagues worked with Migration Yorkshire and local authorities in the area on Integration Up North, to develop or improve their strategic planning on migration related issues. From this, we wrote up four briefings, this one is on making migration a human issue.

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Briefing 4 - Resources to support work on migration

MigrationWork CIC2015

MigrationWork colleagues worked with Migration Yorkshire and local authorities in the area on Integration Up North, to develop or improve their strategic planning on migration related issues. From this, we wrote up four briefings, this one contains resources to support work on migration.

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Implementoring Infographic – Oslo mentoring Genoa

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Oslo to Genoa between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“The city has structures in place that encourage and ensure engagement from migrant communities in policy making processes and remove barriers to political participation.”

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Implementoring Infographic – Tampere mentoring Lublin

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Tampere to Lublin between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“The city promotes migrants as desirable potential and actual citizens, neighbours and colleagues and publicly welcomes the opportunities diversity offers.”

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Telling our stories – communicating migration

EPIM, MigrationWork CIC2014

A series of four briefings synthesising the discussions held at EPIM’s workshop in Barcelona in January 2014. Fifteen groups worked on different topics; communications, different media and audiences, organising and measuring communications and storytelling.

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Implementoring Infographic – Genoa mentoring Riga

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Genoa to Riga between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“The city promotes migrants as desirable potential and actual citizens, neighbours and colleagues and publicly welcomes the opportunities diversity offers.”

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Implementoring Infographic – Oslo mentoring Tampere

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Oslo to Tampere between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“The city takes the necessary steps to maximise the benefits that diversity brings and to promote equality for migrants in employment and access to services.”

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Implementoring Infographic – Athens mentoring Milan

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Athens to Milan between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“The city has structures in place that encourage and ensure engagement from migrant communities in policy making processes and remove barriers to political participation.”

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Implementoring Infographic – Dublin mentoring Rotterdam

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Dublin to Rotterdam between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“Involving migrants or those of migrant backgrounds in decisions about the future of their area and giving them a voice on the same basis as other neighbourhood residents.”

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Implementoring Infographic – Malmö mentoring Ghent

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Malmö to Ghent between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“Involving migrants or those of migrant backgrounds in decisions about the future of their area and giving them a voice on the same basis as other neighbourhood residents.”

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Implementoring Infographic – Amsterdam mentoring Athens

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

Eurocities Integrating Cities infographic detailing the Implementoring visit by experts from Amsterdam to Athens between 2012 and 2014. Coordinated by Eurocities Migration and Integration Working Group and facilitated by MigrationWork CIC.

“Involving migrants or those of migrant backgrounds in decisions about the future of their area and giving them a voice on the same basis as other neighbourhood residents.”

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Perceptions and reality: Ten things we should know about attitudes to immigration in the UK

Bobby Duffy, MORI2014

Immigration is one of most frequently covered issues in opinion surveys. With this wealth of data, we should have a clear view of public attitudes, but in practice, questions often seem designed to create more heat than light. From our year-long review of all attitudinal data, the overall picture is one of genuine concern about immigration among a large proportion of the population – but more nuance on specifics, and a number of important gaps between perceptions and reality.

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Integrating Cities Toolkit: Promoting Cultural Diversity

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2012

This toolkit sets out the Integrating Cities benchmark on promoting cultural diversity – what it is, and how you can use a list of context factors to allow for your city’s specific circumstances when applying this Europe-wide tool. It gives guidance on how your city can make best use of the benchmark to promote cultural diversity.
This toolkit covers those aspects that deal with realising the potential of cultural diversity in a city. It is designed to complement the differing but interrelated Integrating Cities toolkit on anti-discrimination that focuses on how cities can remove barriers resulting from discriminatory policies.

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The ImpleMentoring method: City-to-city mentoring – helping partner cities to implement change

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

ImpleMentoring helps cities to learn from each other: In ImpleMentoring, cities faced with common challenges are paired up. One is a mentor city, sharing experience and offering independent support and reflection to the implementing city which wants to raise standards and carry out changes. Both parties benefit. Mentors not only help their implementing partners to bring about desired improvements, but also learn from this dialogue.

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Integrating Cities Toolkit: Managing diversity and promoting equality in cities’ administration a…

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

This toolkit aims to offer cities tools and examples to address some of the challenges in their role as employers and service providers – to empower them to manage diversity in a way that promotes equality in their administration and service provision.
The guide is the result of an 18-month process involving the cities of Copenhagen and Tampere in testing out a benchmark developed by experts under close consultation with the mentoring cities of Manchester and Oslo who offered their extensive and long-standing experience in this area.
The benchmark is also illustrated with examples from other local authorities which exemplifies the ample range of options any city, even after accounting for specific context and circumstances, has at its disposal to implement diversity in its workforce.

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Integrating Cities Toolkit: Introductory and language courses

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2012

This toolkit sets out the Integrating Cities benchmark on introductory and language courses – what it is, and how you can use a list of context factors to allow for your city’s specific circumstances when applying this Europe-wide tool. It gives guidance on how your city can make best use of the benchmark to develop work on introductory and language courses.

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Integrating Cities Toolkit: Making participation effective in diverse neighbourhoods and service pr…

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

The focus of the toolkit is to help local authorities promote two separate but interrelated dimensions of migrant participation: civic and political engagement. Although presented as two separate benchmarks, the toolkits on “Engagement in local policy-making processes and political participation of migrant communities” and “Making participation effective in diverse neighbourhoods” can be seen as complementary.
Both offer formal and informal paths to promote participation of migrants and facilitate engagement which can elicit a sense of belonging.

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Integrating Cities Toolkit: Enhancing public perception on migration and diversity

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2014

This toolkit aims to offer cities tools and examples to address some of the challenges in their role as employers and service providers – to empower them to manage diversity in a way that promotes equality in their administration and service provision.
The guide is the result of an 18-month process involving the cities of Copenhagen and Tampere in testing out a benchmark developed by experts under close consultation with the mentoring cities of Manchester and Oslo who offered their extensive and long-standing experience in this area.
The benchmark is also illustrated with examples from other local authorities which exemplifies the ample range of options any city, even after accounting for specific context and circumstances, has at its disposal to implement diversity in its workforce.

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Integrating Cities Toolkit: Anti-discrimination policies

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2012

This toolkit sets out the Integrating Cities benchmark on anti-discrimination – what it is, and how you can use a list of context factors to allow for your city’s specific circumstances when applying this Europe-wide tool. It gives guidance on how your city can make best use of the benchmark to develop work on anti-discrimination.
This toolkit covers those aspects that deal with barriers resulting from discriminatory policies and what cities can do to overcome these. It is designed to complement the differing but interrelated Integrating Cities toolkit on promoting cultural diversity that focuses on how cities can realise the potential of cultural diversity.

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IMPLEMENTORING Leaflet

Eurocities, MigrationWork CIC2013

ImpleMentoring – city-to-city support for migrant integration is a mutual learning project between cities in the field ofw integration governance.
Led by EUROCITIES, the network of major cities in Europe, ImpleMentoring will enable European cities to address implementation gaps in migrant integration policies and practices.
It will build on the experience and success of EUROCITIES projects (MIXITIES, DIVE and INTI-Cities) by shifting the focus from peer reviews and standard-setting towards policy implementation guided by standards and evaluation.

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Social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services

Institute for Employment Studies2015

Freedom of movement across Member States is one of the core values of the European Union and is closely linked to European citizenship. There is, however, a heated debate in many of the host Member States about the impact of the rising inflow of mobile citizens on their public services. This research project aimed to examine the extent to which mobile citizens from the central and eastern European Member States (the EU10) take up benefits and services in nine host countries. It also provides a demographic and socioeconomic profile of EU10 mobile citizens and identifies initiatives aimed at integrating them in the host countries and providing them with access to benefits and services. The main finding of the report is that overall take-up of welfare benefits and services by EU10 citizens is lower than that of the native population of the host country, especially social housing and pensions. However, their take-up of certain specific benefits, mainly employment-related benefits (unemployment and in-work benefit), is higher.

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Benign neglect? Policies to support upward mobility for immigrants in the UK

Migration Policy Institute2014

This report assesses how effectively integration policies in the United Kingdom are helping migrants advance into middle-skilled jobs from low-skilled work or unemployment, focusing in particular on employment services, ESOL, and vocational training. The author then discusses the ways that other policies and contextual factors often undermine migrants’ entry into the labor market and progression out of low-skilled jobs, including cuts to welfare programs, difficulty navigating a complex and ever-changing workforce development system, and low demand for training in some sectors, particularly those with high turnover.

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Migrants in low-paid low-skilled work in London: research into barriers and solutions to learning E…

Institute for Employment Studies2013

English language ability is central to individuals’ ability to find a job and progress in work in the UK. Many migrants in low paid work, however, do not access formal English language learning provision.

In 2013 the Greater London Authority (the GLA), working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the Skills Funding Agency and the Association of Colleges to improve the English language training offer for jobseekers, commissioned a small piece of primary research to investigate the English language learning experiences of migrants in low paid work in London and to use the information generated by this work to inform and shape the potential future commissioning of English Language provision aimed at low paid, low-skilled migrants in London.

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Evaluation of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Grants

Institute for Employment Studies2014

The equality, diversity and inclusion grants were given to Further Education (FE) colleges and training organisations to develop the capacity of the sector to meet the public sector Equality Duty.
This evaluation was commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency. It assesses the impact and value for money of the grants, and includes good practice eight case studies.

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Whose best interest? Exploring Unaccompanied Minors through the Lens of Migration and Asylum Proces…

University of Brighton2015

This report examines the best interests of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK through their own experiences. While a sophisticated framework of rights exists on paper, there are longstanding concerns, supported by this research, that children are often denied these rights in practice for a variety of reasons. The importance given to their asylum-­seeking status, over and above their being children, has meant that their rights as children have had to be fought for through campaigns and legal cases.

Part of the comparative project, “In Whose Best Interest? Exploring Unaccompanied Minors’ Rights through the lens of Migration and Asylum Processes”, also carried out in France, Austria and Slovenia, this report focuses on the UK context. It describes the field work, and provides a brief overview of the country context, including the institutional framework and the numbers and patterns of unaccompanied children entering and living in the UK. It concludes with recommendations arising out of the research, focussed on improving the process of determining and implementing those best interests.

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Migration Policy Toolkit: An online guide to welcoming, integrating and engaging migrant communitie…

COSLA2015

This toolkit is to help local authorities and their community planning partners to think about how to welcome, integrate and involve migrant communities in Scotland. It is for people who are new to migration, and for people who already do a lot of work around migration.

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Immigrant Integration in British Society

Economic & Social Research Council2015

At the end of 2014, annual net migration for the UK had risen to a current high of 318,000. Integration in British society has become an increasingly central part of the debate around immigration – raising questions about social cohesion, shared values and national identity.

Unity out of Diversity is a three-year research project funded by the ESRC’s Future Research Leaders scheme, based at the University of Manchester and led by Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips. The research aims to explore the nature and characteristics of immigrant integration and how it is perceived in the public policy sector, the academic community and among the general public.

Web: http://projects.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/unity-out-of-diversity/

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Settling in: Experiences of Women on Spousal Visas in the UK

eaves – putting women first2015

New Research from Eaves – “Settling in”: Experiences of Women on Spousal Visas in the UK.

“It would never occur to us, for example, that a woman could enrol at the GP but delay attending until she was much more seriously ill because she hadn’t understood she had access to free care. It would never cross our minds that a woman might think the emergency number was 911 rather than 999 because she’d obtained her information from watching American films.” Heather Harvey Research and Development manager, Eaves.

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IssueLab Special Collection: Immigration Strategies

Foundation Center2015

This collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, MigrationWork CIC, Trust for London2012

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF) is a fund to support legal work that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures to uphold and promote the rights of vulnerable migrant children and young people more generally.

The SLF achieves this by providing grants to organisations to undertake pre-litigation research, or make third party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases.

The SLF is an initiative of Trust for London, delivered in partnership with Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and MigrationWork CIC.

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IMPART – Increasing the Participation of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Employment

IMPART ESF Learning Network2012

This toolkit offers the means to make better use of EU resources in initiatives which help migrants and ethnic minorities to improve their access to the labour market. These might be actions focused solely on employment, or actions with a wider brief for migrant integration including employment among other objectives.

Developed by the IMPART Learning Network, formed under the European Social Fund in 2009, the toolkit describes a benchmark and peer review method, and provides guidance on different ways these can be used by trained practitioners to review another project or programme.

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Making rights real – A guide for local and regional authorities

EU Agency for Fundamental Rights2013

This booklet aims to provide local and regional officials with a framework for understanding more about fundamental rights and applying them when making decisions and completing their regular tasks and activities.
This booklet will help officials address key questions like how to understand the fundamental rights-dimension of policy issues? How to translate them into real, practical and tangible measures? How to plan appropriately with useful steps in order to meet people’s needs and expectations in the best possible way? How to increase public awareness of fundamental rights-related issues?

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How to talk about immigration (briefly)

British Future2014

How to talk about immigration sets out British Future’s understanding and analysis of public attitudes to immigration and the issues of integration, identity and opportunity that inform the immigration debate. It seeks to suggest new ideas for further discussion and to offer a vision of an approach to immigration that is principled, practicable and capable of securing public support.

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Immigration Thematic Review Report (Bar Standards Board)

Bar Standards Board2016

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Immigration Thematic Review Report (Bar Standards Board)

Bar Standards Board2016

The Bar Standards Board began a thematic review into immigration advice and services in 2015. The purpose of the review was to understand and analyse the risks in the immigration advice and services market.

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Investing in Integration: How can social investment be used to promote integration of refugees and …

Big Society Capital2016

Social investment could help provide a new source of capital to support innovative approaches to addressing complex and unmet refugee and asylum seekers needs in the UK.

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Immigrants told to leave UK face huge hike in fees to appeal decisions

2016

Article in the Conversation by MigrationWork associate and Garden Court Chamber barrister Jo Wilding on the 571% incerase in Tribunal appeal fees for immigrants in the UK.

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A Hermeneutical Approach to European Bordering

COMPAS2016

MigrationWork member Bastian Vollmer discusses a new approach on borders and suggests a hermeneutical approach to European bordering and border regimes.

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Beyond Fear and Hate: Mobilising people power to create a new narrative on migration and diversity

2016

The report examines the factors that shape attitudes to migration and diversity in these contexts, focusing in particular on the development of alternative narratives by a growing number of civil society and grass roots organisations, based on values of diversity, solidarity and human compassion.

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The Continuing Shame of Europe: Discourses on Migration Policy in Germany and the UK

University of Oxford2016

Europe is in urgent need to deliberate about its shame and the on-going embarrassment for liberal democracies. Deliberation theory, ethical approaches of discourse and models of deliberative democracy has offered great potential to create such space and alternative and progressive designs of knowledge production, policymaking and possibly a route out of this dead-end policy situation.

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