On SAGE Insight: Evaluating the UK government’s approach to immigration policy making

Article title: Policy-driven evidence: Evaluating the UK government’s approach to immigration policy making
From Critical Social Policy

Brexit was unprecedented, it reflects a rise in right-wing parties and sentiment across western democracies and was not entirely unforeseen. Donald Trump subsequently achieved an even more dramatic political coup in 2016 and Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen were in serious contention in the 2017 Dutch and French elections respectively. The fulcrum around which the right pivots is immigration and there was a surge of anti-immigrant feeling and racist attacks leading up to, and in the wake of, the Brexit vote. Immigration is a divisive issue post-Brexit, but immigration policy has been a perennial issue in the UK.

This critique conducts a technical analysis of a UK Home Office report which was a key justification for passing the Immigration Act 2014. The law seeks to reduce non-EU immigration to the UK. The evidence to support the policies is nearly non-existent and

Abstract

This critique conducts a technical analysis of a UK Home Office report which was a key justification for passing the Immigration Act 2014. The law seeks to reduce non-EU immigration to the UK. The report is based on a 2012 report by the Migration Advisory Committee which used firmly established methods in the field of immigration studies. Despite this, it is concluded that the Home Office report not only excludes several important aspects of analysis, the entrepreneurialism of migrants and student immigration, but also has severe statistical problems. The report’s choice of operationalizations, lack of information regarding confidence intervals, and lack of sufficient model testing and repetition all combine to make it a weak piece of research and substantially undermine its suitability to inform policy. In the final analysis, this critique posits that the Home Office report reflects the Conservative government’s utilization of ‘policy driven evidence’.

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Policy-driven evidence: Evaluating the UK government’s approach to immigration policy making
Tom Wallace
First Published August 10, 2017
DOI: 10.1177/0261018317726251
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