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Welfare participation by immigrants in the UK

Drinkwater, Stephen, Robinson, Catherine (2013) Welfare participation by immigrants in the UK. International Journal of Manpower, 34 (2). pp. 100-112. ISSN 0143-7720. (doi:10.1108/01437721311320636) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:39135)

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the welfare participation of immigrant groups in the UK, which has experienced a large growth in its immigrant flows and population levels in recent years, especially following EU enlargement in 2004. The analysis particularly focuses on the types of benefits that immigrants tend to claim, as well as examining differences by area of origin. It also examines the factors that determine social assistance benefit claims, including an investigation of the impact of education, ethnicity and years since migration. Design/methodology/approach: A series of probit regression models are estimated using data from the UK Labour Force Survey collected between 2004 and 2009. Findings: Social welfare claims vary considerably by immigrant group as well as by the type of benefit claimed in the UK. There are also differences by immigrant group in the factors determining social assistance claims. Research limitations/implications: It is very difficult to generalise on the issue of welfare participation by immigrants in the UK. This is important, given policy changes towards migrants from non-EU countries and in relation to welfare reforms. Originality/value: The limited previous work in this area for the UK has tended to analyse all benefit claims made by immigrants as a whole, whereas this analysis splits immigrants into different groups and focuses on the types of benefits that are claimed. This has important implications, particularly given the recent increase in immigration to the UK. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/01437721311320636
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: AD - Department of Economics, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Int. J. Manpow. [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Benefit claims, EU enlargement, European Union, Immigrants, Social benefits, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 14:23 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/39135 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Robinson, Catherine: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8861-4880
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