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Occ67 Migration

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Migration:an economic and social analysis
Stephen Glover, Ceri Gott , Anaïs Loizillon, Jonathan Portes, Richard Price,Sarah Spencer, Vasanthi Srinivasan and Carole Willis
The views expressed in this report are those of the authors,not necessarily those of the Home Office (nor do they reflect Government policy 
 ).
RDS Occasional Paper No 67
 
Migration: an economic and social analysis
Additional copies of this report can be obtained from theHome Office, Communications and Development Unit, Research, Development and Statistics Directorate,Room 201, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AT. Telephone 020 7273 2084
The Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
RDS is part of the Home Of
ce. The Home Of
ce's purpose is to build a safe, just and tolerant society inwhich the rights and responsibilities of individuals, families and communities are properly balanced and theprotection and security of the public are maintained.RDS is also a part of the Government Statistical Service (GSS). One of the GSS aims is to inform Parliamentand the citizen about the state of the nation and provide a window on the work and performance ofgovernment, allowing the impact of government policies and actions to he assessed.Therefore -Research Development and Statistics Directorate exists to improve policy making, decision taking and practicein support of the Home Office purpose and aims, to provide the public and Parliament with informationnecessary for informed debate and to publish information for future use. ©Crown copyright 2001Application for reproduction should be made to the Communications and Development Unit,Room 201, Home Of
ce, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AT.ISBN 1 84082 599 5
 
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Foreword
This research study has been produced by a team of researchers from the Economics and Resource Analysis(ERA) Unit of the Home Office (part of the Research, Development and Statistics Directorate) with theassistance of the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) of the Cabinet Of
ce. It aims to pull together theexisting theory and evidence on the economic and social impacts of migration. The work has pulled togetherexisting evidence in the UK and abroad, and has involved some new analysis of existing data, including theLabour Force Survey, to identify particular characteristics and labour market outcomes for the current migrantpopulation. The work has also bene
ted from discussions with a number of experts in the migration
eld inacademia and elsewhere.One of the seven aims of the Home Office is the
regulation of entry to, and settlement in, the UnitedKingdom in the interests of social stability and economic growth; the facilitation of travel by UK citizens; thesupport of destitute asylum seekers during consideration of their claims; and the integration of those acceptedas refugees
. A fundamental requirement in delivering this aim is a sound understanding of the impacts ofexisting policies affecting migration and migrants, and a framework for assessing the costs and bene
ts ofpotential alternatives. This is all the more important against the background of recent increases in migration tothe UK and the globalisation of labour markets
with employers increasingly seeking to
ll labour shortagesfrom overseas and workers increasingly able to travel to meet demand.This study represents a major attempt to identify the overall economic and social outcomes of migration policyin the UK, both in theory and in practice. The evidence indicates that, whilst migrants constitute a very diverseset of people with different characteristics contributing in different ways to the UK economy and society,overall migration has the potential to deliver signi
cant economic bene
ts. It also makes clear that the issuesare complex, and the data incomplete. One of the primary purposes of producing this research study is toencourage debate and further serious research on how migration policy might be further developed in orderto achieve the Government
s objective, to maximise the bene
ts of migration.Paul Wiles,Director Research Development and Statistics Directorate,Home Of
ce

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