Saggar et al. (2012) The impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration


The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was established in 2007 to advise the UK government on issues relating to migration. Saggar et al. (2012) present their report to MAC which included an assessment of the impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration. The authors observe that defining the concepts of ‘social cohesion’ and ‘integration’ is an important step in order to make effective analytical use of such elusive ideas. A considerable effort is made to provide the reader with detailed conceptual frameworks for consideration. Cohesion is examined in terms of how migration affects local neighbourhoods. Integration is measured with reference to a range of social and economic areas. The impact that migration has on the host country is also considered in terms of the consequences migration has for British national identity. The authors find that there was no significant impact on cohesion stemming from new immigration; the report advocates that cohesion and integration policy development should focus on issues related to deprivation rather than on migration per-se.

Bibliographic reference:

Saggar, S., Somerville, W., Ford, R. and Sobolewska, M. (2012) The impacts of migration on social cohesion and integration: Final report to the Migration Advisory Committee, London: Home Office.







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