Call for evidence: Economic Migrants and Poverty

Posted on Wednesday 16th October 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 Institute for Research into Superdiversity, 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 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?

Given this context, we would now like to invite submission of materials to be included in this review. Any relevant material or information that focuses on (or around) the above issues would be most welcome by the project team. This will include reports and papers produced by policymakers and practitioners as well as academics.

Please send all relevant materials to Kamran Khan

For further information, please contact Dr Simon Pemberton at 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.