Migrants’ lives beyond the workplace

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has just produced a report that looks at the experiences of Central and East Europeans in the UK.

An outline is as follows:

"This report explores the experiences beyond the workplace of migrants from East and Central Europe working in low wage jobs.

Following an earlier report on these migrants’ experiences at work, this study explores their access to information, advice and English classes, their accommodation, leisure time, social contact with British people and long-term intentions.

The relationship between migrants and other residents has come under the spotlight in recent debates on ‘integration’ and ‘social cohesion’ but there has been little evidence on Eastern European migrants and this study helps to fill that gap.

Based on a survey of more than 600 migrants working in the UK before and after enlargement of the EU on 1 May 2004, the study provides unique insights into their experiences.

Highlighting some of the challenges new migrants face, it makes a strong case for reviewing national policy towards them."

For more details see Migrants’ lives beyond the workplace by Sarah Spencer, Martin Ruhs, Bridget Anderson and Ben Rogaly.

A brief summary of the report can be found here.

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