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Day meeting 2 May 2006. Migration and Multicultural Britain - presentations

Held on Tuesday 2nd May 2006, at City Hall, London. Most of the presentations from the meeting can now be accessed by clicking on the hyperlink in the title of the presentation below. A report of the meeting can be accessed here.

Has migration made Britain more culturally mixed? What are the historical shifts in origins and nature of immigration? Recent debates on residential segregation have been inconclusive. This series of presentations hopes to clarify the existing evidence on migration, race and class, and to identify the remaining research questions.

More mixing? More segregation? Ludi Simpson (University of Manchester)

Evidence showing more residential mixing of ethnic groups in Britain is at odds with views repeated by politicians and news bulletins that Britain has become more segregated. The two views are resolved to some extent by a demographic approach, but views on race and migration remain an outlet of evident prejudice.

Migration, multiculturalism - a brief history of the mix  Danny Dorling (University of Sheffield)

This talk will look at the history of migration to Britain from 1841 to 2001 as documented by the censuses and for key areas of origin. It will address questions ranging from: "from where have we come?" to "why this many migrants now" and "what cultural mix are we"?

1991 and 2001 Census Migration Patterns in London Baljit Bains (Greater London Authority)

What can the Census tell us about claims of ethnic segregation in London? Does it tell us what we need to know and how can we use what it does tell us?

Estimating London's New Migrant Population, An Analytical Framework  Peter Boden (Edge Analytics) and Phil Rees (University of Leeds)

This paper reports on a project, commissioned by the GLA for the Mayor of London, to complete a thorough review of the datasets and methodologies applicable to the estimation of new migrants and to recommend an analytical framework for the improved estimation of these migrants. The project had a specific focus on London and its constituent Boroughs but sought to identify an approach that was directly applicable to all UK Regions and which integrated with existing National Statistics on international migration (TIM).

Migrants from East/Central Europe: a new settlement pattern? Mike Coombes (University of Newcastle)

Selective analysis of contrasting groups of relatively recent in-migrants in England has yielded a simple typology of migrant group settlement patterns across the country. Analyses of the data from the administrative systems put in place to manage in-migrant flows from the new European Union member countries -- the Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) - generated data on the location and characteristics of these migrants. The new migrants from what are known as the "A8 countries" can then be placed within the developed typology of migrant groups.