All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration (2017) Integration Not Demonisation: The final report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration’s inquiry into the integration of immigrants, 25 August 2017

Country

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Title

All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration (2017) Integration Not Demonisation: The final report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration’s inquiry into the integration of immigrants, 25 August 2017

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Year

2017

Type of publication

Report

Geographical coverage

National

Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Public authority

Institution

UK, All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration

Main Thematic Focus

Integration & inclusion

Target Population

Migrants

Key findings

Drawing on a number of sources the report concludes that the political and public conversation on migration surrounding the EU referendum encouraged the scapegoating and stigmatisation of migrant communities in the UK. From evidence gathered at parliamentary hearings the report also concludes that the unrealistic promises made by the Government to reduce migration “unnecessarily stoked anxiety over immigration and encouraged the growth of populist anti-immigrant sentiment.” Furthermore, the report suggests that the marked increase in racist abuse aimed at the migrant population post EU referendum can, in part, be attributed to the rhetoric used by some politicians as it led to some individuals feeling as though they could act on racist attitudes when they previously would not have done so.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The report was produced on the basis of a number of sources including: oral evidence provided by expert witnesses during three parliamentary hearings; written evidence submitted by 43 organisations and the individuals in response to two calls for evidence; 10 research interviews; the testimony of front line service workers, councillors, local authority officers, teachers, young people and community group members during evidence-gathering visits to Boston, Lincolnshire and Halifax, West Yorkshire; and extensive desk research.

Sample details and representativeness

Alongside other qualitative methodologies 10 research interviews and three evidence-gathering visits were conducted.

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