Which aspects of integration should government prioritise?
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Iris and Social Policy Subject Group Seminar
Professor Anthony Heath, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford and Magda Borkowska, Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, University of Manchester
In this talk we will discuss the findings from a recent report for DCLG on ‘integration gaps’ (defined as the existing disparities in the social, economic and political integration outcomes between minority groups and the white British majority). We'll take a multidimensional approach to integration and document the size of the existing gaps with respect to a range of indicators, such as language fluency, educational attainment, labour market outcomes, social integration, civic engagement and political participation. We will also explore how these gaps vary between men and women, different ethnic groups, and generations.
Secondly, we will review the existing evidence about the consequences of these gaps for:
- the well-being and life chances of ethnic minorities
- potential costs for the economy and government’s spending
- social cohesion and social unrest
We will conclude by asking which gaps should be the priority for government action, and whether recent reports such as the Casey Review and the Report of the APPG on Social Integration have taken sufficient notice of the available empirical evidence.
The lecture is followed by a free drinks reception.