The impact of migration and citizenship in Britain today
Press release issued: 6 April 2011
Some of the key issues around migration and integration in relation to Britain are explored in a new book launched today [6 April] at the British Sociological Association Conference. Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness is the culmination of a major Leverhulme Research Programme (2003–2009), addressing human mobility and its consequences.
Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness is the culmination of a major Leverhulme Research Programme (2003–2009), addressing human mobility and its consequences.
The book, published by Palgrave Macmillan and edited by Tariq Modood, Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy at the University of Bristol together with John Salt, Emeritus Professor at University College London, provides a detailed summary of the project’s key findings.
The book examines people smuggling as well as the elite labour migration that has become a feature of Britain. It explores the acquisition and mobility of expertise in global corporate labour markets, and how sectors of British higher education fit into global student and academic markets.
Ethnic capital and ethnic penalties are identified and their links to religion and segregation displayed and it is shown how religion, in the form of aspects of Muslim behaviour, is becoming a boundary of Britishness at a time when significant sections of the ethnic majority evinces scepticism about multiculturalism.
Professor Tariq Modood, Director of the University of Bristol’s Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, and a renowned commentator on Muslim politics, said: “The findings of this research represents a major step forward in our understanding of how global migration and ethnicity impacts on society today. This is one of the few books that looks at new migrations today as well as the challenges in Britain today of migrations two generations ago.”
The book’s launch also coincides with University College London’s Migration Week [4 April to 8 April 2011], which is a series of lectures, panel discussions, conferences and exhibitions exploring migration from a number of academic perspectives.
Tariq Modood is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. He has extensive academic publications, worked on numerous research projects and is a regular contributor to the media and policy debates in Britain. In 2004 he became a member of the Academy of the Social Sciences.
John Salt is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Migration Research Unit at University College London, UK. He is a consultant to the OECD, EU, Council of Europe, Australian and UK governments, National Audit Office and Office for National Statistics. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society, Edward Heath Award for contributions to the study of population and migration in Europe.
For further details visit the Palgrave Macmillan website.