How neighbourhoods in Yorkshire and Humber experience migration

How neighbourhoods in Yorkshire and Humber experience migration

News item 22 July 2020:

Today we're launching an insightful new research report ‘Communities up close: neighbourhood change and migration in Yorkshire and Humber’.

The report is available to download. It explores the impacts of recent migration on communities at the neighbourhood level.

Researchers visited neighbourhoods across the Yorkshire and Humber region, asking local residents, stakeholders and migrants about what it’s been like to live in a changing neighbourhood.

The report was written by the Institute for Public Policy Research [IPPR], and was commissioned for Migration Yorkshire’s Communities up Close project.


Lucy Mort, Research Fellow at IPPR and co-author of the report, said:

'As Yorkshire begins to write the next chapter of its history, in a post-pandemic, post-Brexit world, we must remember that there is a lot to be proud of and hopeful about.

Communities across Yorkshire and Humber can reconnect, but they must all be empowered to do so. That means that people should be handed power to make decisions that affect their neighbourhoods and they should be consulted on issues related to integration. They should be supported to come together, and crucially they must receive real investment in social infrastructure through the government’s levelling up agenda.'

Pip Tyler, Policy and Research Manager at Migration Yorkshire, said:

'Each neighbourhood in Yorkshire and Humber is unique, so we need to recognise that migration is experienced within that local context. Of course, integration between newcomers and local residents happens every day at this street level. Different types of places could benefit from tailored approaches to integration in the future.

The research is really timely as councils, police, employers, and the voluntary and community sector prepare for huge changes in migration that are just around the corner – and not just in Yorkshire, but across the UK.'

A council officer from Yorkshire and the Humber welcomed the report, and said:

'What we have learnt [from this report] isn’t just about migration or community cohesion; it’s a story of place – that has learning opportunities for services and teams across our organisation.

We now have a greater understanding of the shared frustrations of the community - austerity, environmental issues, housing and feelings of safety- and potential tensions, often based on mutual misconceptions.

We also have a better understanding of the gaps in our approach to a changing city, and – most importantly – have been able to identify both a desire for the community to come together, and the opportunities where we can facilitate this.'

See also

Yorkshire leaders urged by think-tank IPPR to set up 'anti-rumour' campaigns to tackle fake news against migrants - Yorkshire Post article out today







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