Author Archives: Jill Rutter

The Yvette Cooper speech showed Labour is not going to compete with the Tories to show who is toughest on immigration

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Migration stories continue with Yvette Cooper providing more detail on Labour’s policy and a statistical correction from the Office for National Statistics, reports Jill Rutter.

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A tale of two immigration announcements

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It is a significant day for migration policy, with a government announcement on access to benefits for EU nationals and an important legal judgement on asylum support.

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Economic arguments will not persuade a sceptical public about the merits of immigration

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Most of the UK-born do not see immigration in terms of its economic benefits, writes Jill Rutter.

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The government should learn from the childcare policies of other countries

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In Norway, state support for childcare goes to providers who have to meet quality criteria in order to receive any money.

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It’s now clear that Tuesday’s immigration proposals were pure dog whistling

We should be promoting integration and replicating success, rather than issuing unworkable policy statements.

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The UK can learn a lot from Norway on childcare

Compared with other countries, in the UK there are complicated and inefficient mechanisms for the public funding of childcare.

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Despite its aims, the Immigration Bill is unlikely to reduce undocumented migration to the UK

Critics, who represent a wide range of interests, have called the Bill ‘unworkable’.

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Migration statistics – the hidden stories

Quarterly migration statistics were issued today and the data show few surprises.

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Opinion: On Immigration Labour Must Do Better

Jill Rutter criticises Chris Bryant’s recent comments on immigration.

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There are no easy solutions to undocumented migration

It has been another week when immigration stories have been in the news, with horse trading over the accuracy of the International Passenger Survey – used by the government to estimate net migration – and calls by the think tank Demos to restrict EU migration.

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