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Will the new Immigration Bill throw foreign students that work too many hours in jail?

Prison bars. Credit: Michael Coghlan, Creative Commons

26 Aug 2015, by in International

The Immigration minister James Brokenshire yesterday announced more details about the forthcoming Immigration Bill. He stated that: “Through our new immigration bill, illegal workers will face the prospect of a prison term and rogue employers could have their businesses closed, have their licences removed, or face prosecution if they continue to flout the law.” In…

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Migration Advisory Committee report: no evidence for government net migration target

Rosa Crawford

13 Aug 2015, by in International

Today the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the independent research body that advises the government on migration policy, published its report on whether raising salary levels might reduce the number of migrants entering the country. The government asked the MAC to undertake this research to support the goal Cameron announced the new government would be sticking to bring net migration down…

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What’s happening to earnings?

Richard Exell

13 Aug 2015, by in Labour market

This is one of those ‘one chart says it all’ posts. Yesterday I was too busy looking at the regular labour market figures from the Office for National Statistics to notice they’d also published a Supplementary Analysis of Average Weekly Earnings. It’s well worth a read, and this chart is taken from page 2. The…

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What should China do now?

Tim Page

13 Aug 2015, by in Economics

Global markets are understandably jittery at what has become the biggest fall in the renminbi, China’s currency, since the 1990s. Duncan Weldon explained what is going on with his customary clarity on last night’s Newsnight programme. In a nutshell, between the reforms of the late 1970s and the financial crisis of 2008, the Chinese economy…

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What if Mao still ran China?

Tim Page

11 Aug 2015, by in Economics

I’ve always been a sucker for those ‘What if?’ historical scenarios. What if John Smith hadn’t died in 1994? Would New Labour ever have happened? How would social democracy look today in the UK? Or: What if Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro had not been kidnapped and killed by terrorists in 1978? Would he have…

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Chutzpah on global migration from the Foreign Secretary

Owen Tudor

10 Aug 2015, by in International

There were many things that made people’s blood boil about Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s statement that Europe’s social infrastructure was under threat from migrants fleeing war-torn or poverty-stricken countries in Africa and the Middle East, like the scaremongering inflation of the scale of the problem. But the worst aspect of his remarks was the astounding…

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Cracking down on migrants or on exploitation?

Owen Tudor

10 Aug 2015, by in Politics

The Home Office Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP (who, lest we forget, replaced Mark Harper MP in the role after Harper was exposed as having employed an ‘illegal immigrant’ as his cleaner) has announced a crackdown on those who employ illegal immigrants, promising Border Force raids on employers suspected of the practice. He said that…

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