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Thursday, 29th January 2015

UK: Migrant Voters in the 2015 General Election

Source: Migrant Rights' Network (UK)

From the Introduction:

The 2015 general election looks to be the closest and least predictable in living memory, and immigration is a key issue at the heart of the contest. With concerns about the economy slowly receding as the financial crisis fades into memory, immigration has returned to the top of the political agenda, named by more voters as their most pressing political concern than any other issue. Widespread anxiety about immigration has also been a key driver behind the surge in support for UKIP, though it is far from the only issue this new party is mobilizing around. Much attention has been paid to the voters most anxious about immigration, and what can be done to assuage their concerns. Yet amidst this fierce debate about whether, and how, to restrict immigration, an important electoral voice has been largely overlooked: that of migrants themselves.

In this briefing, we argue that the migrant electorate is a crucial constituency in the 2015 election, and will only grow in importance in future elections. Currently, migrant voters are almost as numerous as current UKIP supporters - around one voter in every ten eligible to vote in 2015 will be a migrant voter, and many more will be the children of migrants. In coming years, this share will steadily rise as the migrants who have settled in the UK over the past decade gain British citizenship and integrate into political life.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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