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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Immigration?

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Immigration?

July 2019 | 104 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

 "A short, sharp and compelling book." Alex Preston, The Observer

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About
Immigration? Is part of a new book series offering short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media. In this book, Professor Jonathan Portes examines the subject of immigration, providing readers with a short history of immigration in the UK, followed by a detailed discussion of ‘What We Know’ about the economic and social impact of immigration.

Portes addresses commonly asked questions such as: does immigration reduce job opportunities for those born in the UK, or push down wages? What is the impact of immigration on the public finances and public services? and, what has the impact of free movement of people been, both in the UK and the rest of the EU? 

The author then proposes ‘What We Should Do” about immigration, investigating what a post-Brexit immigration system should look like, and what, if anything, do we need to promote integration?

Intended for anyone seeking a quick and authoritative understanding of immigration in the UK.

Series Editor: Professor Chris Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London

1. Introduction
3. What Do We Know About Immigration: Economics
4. What Do We Know: About Immigration Beyond Economics
5. What Should We Do About Immigration
6. Conclusion
Appendix A: The East African Asians
Appendix B: Emigration - The Impacts on Countries of Origin
Appendix C: Free Movement in the EU

A short, sharp and compelling book. The message of the book is clear – in a war of competing narratives, the line on immigration pedalled by the rightwing press cannot be allowed to stand. An ideological battle must be fought with facts and stories that counter the dominant representation of migrants as a threat to economic stability and societal cohesion.

Alex Preston, The Observer

Concise, precise, beautifully designed, illustrated and written. If you want to learn a lot about what matters most, in as short a time as possible, this is the series for you.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

This highly accessible but scholarly series which sees leading social scientists in the UK tackle some of the key issues facing us all today is exactly the sort of publication the Academy of Social Sciences has encouraged over the years. Congratulations to SAGE on bringing it out.

Roger Goodman, Chair, Academy of Social Sciences

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