Is immigration good for urban economies?

This is one of the most pressing and politically sensitive social questions in the UK today, with profound implications for a range of policy decisions.

Does immigration lead to a net reduction or increase in available jobs? What attracts and repels migrants? What causes some migrant communities to remain concentrated and others to disperse? And what are the long-term impacts on house prices, market fragmentation/dynamics and economic agglomeration? While migration has attracted much interest and research, there remain significant limitations to existing knowledge, not least due to the failure to join-up the effects on multiple sectors (transport, education, firm location, housing, crime and the environment).

This project draws together a leading international team to exploit the potential of the linked Big Data resource using a cutting-edge Integrated Multi-sectoral Model (IMM) to examine these questions.

Researchers

Project Lead: Gwilym Pryce
Researchers: Wenjie Wu, Bernard FingletonGeoff Meen