In this report ippr sets out to quantify and analyse re-migration from the United Kingdom, and to understand what motivates immigrants to leave. The phenomenon of re-migration - in other words the emigration of immigrants - has not, on the whole, been well documented or understood. But policymakers should care about re-migration and know more about those leaving.
This is particularly necessary at a time when the processes for controlling and managing immigration are being tightened, with the aim of selecting immigrants on the basis of their skills. International competition for highly-skilled migrants is intensifying and it makes no sense for the UK to succeed in attracting such migrants only to lose them quickly because of re-migration.
Our report is based on a major international research project ippr undertook in 2008. It uses a wide range of original qualitative research undertaken in a number of countries and involves a comprehensive analysis of all the data relating to re-migration. In mapping an often hidden migration flow we hope it will help all levels of UK government to better manage migration to and from the UK, as well as contribute to international policy debates about onward migration, super-mobility and reintegration of returned migrants in their home countries.
Various case studies published with this report can be found here.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.