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Labour migration, communities and perceptions of social cohesion in England

Andrews, Rhys William ORCID: 2015. Labour migration, communities and perceptions of social cohesion in England. European Urban and Regional Studies 22 (1) , pp. 77-91. 10.1177/0969776412457165

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The unexpected scale of labour migration from eastern Europe to the UK following EU enlargement in 2004 was thought to pose a threat to the cohesiveness of those local communities hosting larger influxes of migrants. Nevertheless, areas rich in community capacity may have been able to incorporate migrant workers in ways that sustained social cohesion. This paper explores the effects of labour migration on residents’ perceptions of social cohesion in urban areas in England using multivariate statistical techniques. The statistical results suggest that post-enlargement migration weakened social cohesion, but that the prospects of social incorporation were better in areas with stronger community capacity. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0969-7764
Funders: European Commission
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 25 September 2012
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 06:58

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