We regularly carry out research to learn more about the issues affecting refugees and immigrants and to gain a broader perspective on how they interact and relate to their peers and families.
Through our researchers and partners, Call For Duty strives to position itself as the leading authority on matters affecting our targeted groups, providing solid evidence to achieve this and influencing public policy where it’s needed. Our team of researchers also offer refugees and immigrants, including the young, the opportunity to be active participants in our research wherever possible and to have their say, relate their own experiences and voice opinion.
Immigrants’ needs should be met alongside the needs of the general population, whether these relate to education, social care, housing, health care and so on. Many of the professionals that were interviewed in a particular urban area of the UK viewed this as a positive step, acknowledging that migrants are not a homogeneous group but also have a range of needs. However, local council areas with very few immigrants acknowledged that this often meant that where immigrants are not
accessing services their needs can sometimes remain unmet.
These professionals reflected on immigration being “the number one issue on the doorstep after the economy” and the need to balance economic and demographic benefits with local concerns. There was a range of perspectives on increasing immigration but these generally fell within three positive groups – those positive about immigration (especially students and young people), those positive about migration with some caveats (e.g. community response) and positive but expressing concerns about the impact of a vastly altered immigration policy.
One local authority study in Scotland states that the ability local government to manage migration is of significance because it will be a key determinant of whether the country can successfully attract and retain the immigrants that it needs to grow its population and economy. This study highlights the challenge and indeed dangers of devising national immigration policy without adequate dialogue with local policy and decision makers.
Enhancing communication within tiers of government could ensure that migration policy is more responsive, reflective and better informed. This may also ensure a greater consistency of approaches, ensuring all local authorities exceed their statutory obligations in relation to immigration.