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Migration and mobility

Labour migration and the geographical mobility of workers are key components of the way in which labour markets function. IER has long experience in analysing commuting and migration within the UK and has recently undertaken research into the impact of migrant workers on regional and local labour markets. Drawing on its knowledge of migration data sources, IER has produced guides to information sources on migration for both the UK and the EU. IER has examined the inter-relationships and trade-offs between migration and commuting, issues relating to short-term migration, the location and mobility decisions of dual career households, and the impact of job-related geographical mobility on individuals and families. Other research projects have addressed the experience of new international labour migrants to the UK and the labour market experience of ethnic minorities. More generally, ongoing work is exploring rationales for mobility and immobility, with particular reference to labour market issues.

Selected publications

Further publications can be accessed from the IER publication pages.

Selected recent projects

  • Employer responses to migration policy changes, Department for Business Innovation and Skills (2012) More Details
  • LINET country study on improving access to labour market information for migrants and employers, International Organization for Migration (2012)
  • Immigrant Workers and Workforce Development Systems in the UK, Migration Policy Institute (2012)
  • Quantitative Analysis of Poverty and Ethnicity in Wales, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2011 - 2012)
  • The Impact of Student and Migrant Employment on Opportunities for Low-Skilled People, UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) (2010 - 2011) More Details
  • Migrant Workers in the East Midlands in 2009, East Midlands Development Agency (2009 - 2010) More Details
  • A Resource Guide on Local Migration Statistics, Local Government Association (2008) More Details
  • Study on Workers Mobility - Short Term International Assignment, European Commission (2008 )
  • Migrant Workers in South East Regional Economy, South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) (2007 - 2008)
  • The Economic Impact of Migrant Workers in the West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory (2007)

Key contacts

David Owen

Anne Green