The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands
EMC launched a major report on ‘The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands’ at its AGM on 18 July 2014. The report makes use of official data and analysis commissioned from Nottingham Trent University. It concludes that international migration has generally been good for the economy and that recent migrants make a net contribution to the UK budget and are less likely to claim state benefits. However, it also highlights four key challenges that must be addressed if local services are to be effectively planned for and community cohesion is to be maintained:
- There is no single, consistent source of local data on migrant communities or their characteristics, which makes it difficult for councils to effectively plan and deliver local services;
- Changes to Government policy have shifted the cost of caring for some vulnerable migrant communities to councils, without any additional financial support;
- Councils need to have a greater say in how and where supported asylum seekers are dispersed by the Home Office in local communities; and
- There is a lack of local provision for teaching English for those new migrants who do not speak the language well, which can limit job opportunities and increase translation costs for councils.
The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands (July 2014) - Full Report (4MB)
The Impact of International Migration on the East Midlands (July 2014) - Summary Report (1MB)