IRiS academics to undertake migration and poverty reviews

Posted on Wednesday 18th September 2013

As part of an on-going programme funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to develop anti-poverty strategies for the UK, researchers based at Keele University, the University of Birmingham and Sheffield Hallam University are currently undertaking a review of the links between immigration and poverty and the poverty experienced by UK economic migrants. The review will provide a picture of what is currently known about policy and practice interventions aimed at migrants and immigration.

The review is guided by a framework that considers how a combination of economic, social, political and geographical influences, combined with individual attributes, such as perceptions; behaviours and attitudes can impinge differentially on levels of poverty experienced by economic migrants. In turn, a number of key ‘filters’ – notably immigration, welfare and labour market policies may serve to either exacerbate or alleviate poverty influences.

More specifically, the review aims to address the following key questions: 

  • Do the links between immigration and poverty differ over time in the UK (or in other nations)?
  • How have risks of poverty changed for migrant groups?
  • What evidence is there internationally and in the UK about how to reduce poverty through policy and practice interventions in this area? 
  • How can learning from other nations be brought into the UK context? 
  • What should we include in our anti-poverty strategies from this area?
  • How might they fit into the current UK social, economic and political context?
  • What does the current evidence base suggest should be done by policy makers, practitioners, employers and communities in different parts of the UK?

Consideration will be given to both causes and routes out of poverty and how poverty is experienced and its impact. A JRF Findings (1,700 words) will be the main summary output.

Given this context, we would now like to invite contributions to this review. Any relevant material or information that focuses on (or around) the above issues would be most welcome by the project team. We would also be most willing to enter into further discussions with those interested in the research.

More information

For further information, please contact Dr Simon Pemberton, Keele University,, Professor Jenny Phillimore, at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham or Professor David Robinson, at Sheffield Hallam University.

Read more in 'Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Migration and Poverty: Review (PDF)