Mapping EU migrant families in England and Wales

Authors: Kitty LYMPEROPOULOU*, University of Manchester
Topics: Migration, Ethnic Geography
Keywords: migration, UK census, EU Accession
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Migration in the UK changed dramatically following the 2004 EU enlargement, which resulted in one of the largest and most intensive migration flows in contemporary European history. Early evidence drawn from administrative data showed that the vast majority of EU Accession migrants in the first years post Accession were young, childless, and in low skilled and temporary jobs. EU Accession migrants were also shown to be far more geographically dispersed compared to EU15 and non-European migrant groups, and located not just in major cities but also in smaller towns, rural and coastal areas which offered employment opportunities in sectors that attracted migrant workers. This paper draws on 2011 Census microdata to examine the destination and composition of EU migrant families in England and Wales. The analysis shows that the geography of immigration based on families and family types provides new insights about the settlement patterns of EU migrants in the UK.

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