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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 22 August, 2019 - 10:15

Australia's points based-immigration system has become very fashionable among our country’s leaders, a veritable political mantra, repeated alongside ‘brightest and best’, which was mentioned no less than five times in the immigration White Paper.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 11 July, 2019 - 12:33

Growth mindset has gained a strong following in recent years. Originating in the work of American Psychologist Carol Dweck, it juxtaposes fixed and growth mindsets. A fixed mindset has you seeing your qualities as unchangeable - you’re either intelligent or you’re not. Those with a growth mindset believe instead that engaging actively in learning makes them more intelligent.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 31 May, 2019 - 00:01

Today NIESR has published a literature review on promoting integration in schools. Commissioned by the Department for education to look at ethnic and religious integration, the review finds examples of good practice in bringing young people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds together, for example school linking and admissions policies aimed at reducing segregation.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 13 May, 2019 - 10:40

The ONS has recently published its analysis of international migration and the education sector, looking at demand for school places, pupil attainment and staff. Its report makes explicit reference to high levels of public interest in the ‘impact and contribution’ of migration on the sector.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 26 March, 2019 - 23:50

A few weeks ago the BBC reported that young people are turning down the opportunity to study for a foreign language GCSE: its own analysis found drops of between 30% and 50% since 2013 in the numbers taking GCSE language courses in some areas of England. Employers voiced their concern that the future labour force will be ill-equipped for a post-Brexit Britain, and to forge trade deals across the world.

 

 

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 8 March, 2019 - 17:02

The hospitality sector is one of the highest employers of EU migrants with the most recent Employer Skills survey finding a third of hotels and restaurants employ at least one person from the EU and they represent 19% of the workforce. So it is no surprise to find that hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and bars are among the businesses most affected by any reduction of migration ushered in by Brexit.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 19 December, 2018 - 17:37

The Immigration White Paper is finally with us, like the awkward last minute Christmas present from a distant relative rewrapped several times to make it look more appealing. The Paper is supposed to address public concerns and give businesses and services clarity about how they will be able to recruit for the skills they need. But what’s beneath the not-too-pristine wrapping and is it what we need or indeed even what we say we want?

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 29 November, 2018 - 17:05

As Theresa May faces a show-down in Parliament and tours the UK in a ‘charm offensive’, she is expected to turn to immigration to gain support for her deal. The Immigration White Paper may finally be published next week to assist this refocus. But the latest migration statistics indicate serious challenges are ahead.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 6 November, 2018 - 00:00

Today NIESR publishes new research for the Cavendish Coalition on the implications of Brexit for the health and social care sector.  Our conclusions are stark:  Brexit is likely to lead to a substantial shortfall in nurses and doctors which needs to be urgently addressed by new immigration policy.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 18 September, 2018 - 14:03

The MAC report out today concludes that a new managed migration system will have ‘winners and losers’ and the size of the benefits are likely to be modest’. Its key recommendation is that:

There should be a ‘less restrictive’ system for higher-skilled workers than for lower-skilled workers in a system where there is no preference for EEA over non-EEA workers’

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 16 July, 2018 - 12:59

Today’s official immigration statistics show a fall in net migration from the EU to 101,000, the lowest level since the year ending March 2013.  

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 5 June, 2018 - 11:27

NIESR was founded 80 years ago this week and it’s a time to remember those who contributed to the life and success of the Institute over the decades. One of our brightest stars is Professor Sig Prais who was closely associated with the Institute for more than 60 years.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 14 March, 2018 - 15:40

The period from 2010 to the present has been one of far-reaching change in the design and delivery of welfare and of welfare to work. This has included the replacement of six key benefits with Universal Credit (UC); the introduction of an intensified conditionality and the sanctioning regime, requiring claimants to meet certain conditions or face losing benefits; and changes to assessment and entitlement to incapacity and disability-related benefits.

NIESR research for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, published today, reviews evidence for the impact of the reforms on protected, equality groups. Covering more than 400 sources of research evidence, we found that some reforms, for example UC, have winners and losers. Others have no winners, for example the benefit cap, bedroom tax and sanctioning. The data also clearly showed that the most disadvantaged in British society have been hit hardest.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 22 February, 2018 - 10:13

The latest immigration statistics, out this morning, show net migration of 244,000 in the year ending September 2017. While this is slightly higher than figures for the year ending June 2017, they show a large decrease in EU net migration, compared to migration from outside the EU. This is a result of a fall in the number coming to look for work and an increase in the number leaving, continuing a downward trend since June 2016. The number of citizens from the EU8 countries, including Poland, coming to the UK to work is now at its lowest level since accession in 2004.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 5 February, 2018 - 13:19

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) has been operating since 1999, with the objective of combating exploitative pay, and the National Living Wage (NLW) since 2016 to raise wage levels more widely for workers aged 25 and over.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 6 September, 2017 - 12:25

A leaked Home Office document setting out a number of post-Brexit immigration proposals has set alarm bells ringing, not least among UK employers. Just when they thought sense was prevailing, that there would be no ‘cliff edge’ they now hear of plans to end free movement immediately after Brexit. And while once they perceived a welcome recognition of the importance of low skilled workers, as well as the highly skilled, in key sectors, they hear of proposals to drive down the number of these workers and allow them only temporary residency.

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 27 July, 2017 - 15:54

Employers concerned that they will no longer be able to hire the skills and labour they need post-Brexit will have heaved a sigh of relief at today’s news that they will finally have a chance to have their say on future immigration policy. The Home Secretary announced the long-awaited consultation by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and set out the Government’s priorities. Among much recent talk of cliff edges, it is not surprising to find that cliffs get a mention here too.  

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 19 June, 2017 - 15:01

If the UK’s route out of the EU was less than clear before the General Election, events of the last ten days have torn the road map into shreds. The Conservative and Labour manifestos ruled out free movement, yet everything now seems to be up for grabs. 

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Dr Heather Rolfe

Posted: 5 May, 2017 - 09:57

In her launch statement outside 10 Downing Street last June Theresa May spoke of her vision of ‘a country that works for everyone’, one that wasn’t completely consumed by Brexit and capable of ‘delivering a programme of serious social reform’

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