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Welcome for government’s ethnic outcome audit — but a warning too

Welcome for government’s ethnic outcome audit — but a warning too

Policy Exchange’s Head of Demography, Immigration and Integration, David Goodhart, and our Research Fellow Dr Richard Norrie welcome today’s publication of a wide range of data on outcomes for ethnic minorities in Britain today. They warn that this data must not be used to “fuel division based on selective analysis of statistics” and say that “successes as well as failures must be acknowledged”. Concluding that “the analysis does not always flow self-evidently from the data”, they call for further work to be done to understand how factors like age, geography and wealth interact with ethnicity.

Accentuating the negative on race

Accentuating the negative on race

Has the decline in racial prejudice in Britain really stopped? A semi-official report last week claimed that “there is no clear liberalising trend in racial prejudice” and it was widely and uncritically followed up in the media. But as this blog by David Goodhart and Richard Norrie of Policy Exchange’s Demography unit argues this claim is based on a highly selective reading of the data. The report also provides scant evidence for its claim that prejudice is a significant cause of racial disadvantage.

Indiscriminate on Discrimination

Indiscriminate on Discrimination

David Goodhart, Policy Exchange’s Head of Demography, Immigration and Integration and Richard Norrie, Policy Exchange Demography, Immigration and Integration Research Fellow, respond to the publication of two Government commissioned reviews last week, both related to the life chances of minorities. The Lammy Review, led by David Lammy MP, investigated the treatment of and outcomes for ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system and a report by the Social Mobility Commission looking at the economic chances of young Muslims.

The cost of cutting immigration

The cost of cutting immigration

David Goodhart — Head of Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration, and Integration unit — reflects on whether there is an economic cost attached to the Government’s aim of reducing immigration to ‘tens of thousands’. He argues that the connection between economic growth and high immigration is not at all clear and that the future fiscal contribution of immigrants depends on who comes

Integration and the French Election

Integration and the French Election

In the latest of our ongoing series of articles commenting on the French Presidential election, Richard Norrie — Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration, and Integration Research Fellow — discusses the ethnic composition of France. He argues that — whatever the contest’s result — ‘anxieties about integration are not going to go away’.

Reflections on the Coming Brexit Labour Market Disaster (Or Not)

Reflections on the Coming Brexit Labour Market Disaster (Or Not)

David Goodhart — Policy Exchange’s Head of Demography, Immigration, and Integration — responds to the way in which the business pages have covered the labour-market consequences of Brexit. He contends that, while the coverage has been ‘overwhelmingly gloomy’, it has also, ‘between the lines, been grudgingly optimistic’. 

A response to the McGregor-Smith Review on ethnic-minority progression in the workplace

A response to the McGregor-Smith Review on ethnic-minority progression in the workplace

Richard Norrie — Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration, and Integration Research Fellow — explains why the review is ‘statistically crude’ and ‘overly pessimistic’. He contends that ‘we now need to pursue the argument that ethnic-minority progression and inclusion is a matter of basic justice, and also essential if we are to be a successful and integrated multi-ethnic society’.

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