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Making the most of the British diaspora: How UK government should respond to British citizens who live abroad

integration , migration

 

 

Continuing on from ippr's groundbreaking Brits Abroad study, this project aims to answer a number of key research questions.

Changing migration and re-migration flows of British nationals

  • How might the scale and nature of British emigration change over the next 20 years, in relation to overall size, duration of settlement, demographic and socio-economic characteristics and countries of settlement? How might the recession change the emigration flows of British nationals leaving the UK?
  • What is the scale and nature of British/settled status re-migration flows into the UK? Do re-migrants come from particular countries? Do they settle in particular regions on arrival in the UK? Is their remigration permanent? What are the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of re-migrants?
  • How might re-migration flows to the UK change over the next 20 years?

Migrants’ experiences of maintaining links with the UK and understandings of consular services

  • How do migrants see their links with the UK?
  • What do British migrants understand about the work of a British Embassy and consulate?

Economic impacts of British migration

  • Does the UK Government need to develop more active programmes to prevent ‘brain drain’ from the UK?
  • What is the scale and nature of remittance flows into the UK from British nationals resident overseas? What are the methodological challenges of collection better data on remittance flows into the UK? How might the economic impact of these remittance flows be maximised?

Engaging with diaspora commununites and returnees

  • How might all parts of the UK Government better use the skills of its overseas citizens, as cultural or business champions, or as advocates for human rights and sustainable development? Is there good practice on which Government can disseminate and build upon?
  • How do other states engage with diaspora communities, for example, Germany and Mexico? What can be learned from their experiences?
  • How can the UK Government promote the integration of overseas residents as well as the re-integration in the UK of those who have spent protracted periods living abroad? What can be learned from the experiences of other states in relation to the integration of overseas nationals?
  • Should the UK government act to maintain voter participation among diaspora communities? What can be learned from the experiences of states in relation to the overseas voter engagement?
  • How can the UK Government act to minimise negative migration and re-migration experiences of British nationals?

Policy implications for central government

  • How might patterns of demand for UK consular services change over the next 20 years? For example, will patterns of individual and group repatriation change over the next 20 years?
  • What will the future British consulate look like in relation to the services it provides?