Migration: Facts and Fictions

A seminar for policy and practice
Sheffield Hallam University
11 February 2014, 2 – 4.45 pm

This half day seminar for elected members, policy makers and practitioners in South Yorkshire and beyond will focus on separating fact from fiction about migration.

Heated debate has surrounded the issue of migration in recent years. Press and media coverage has become increasingly negative, political debate has assumed an increasingly shrill tone and public perception has hardened around the view that society is paying a heavy price for migration.

This seminar provides an opportunity to move beyond the myth and misconception that has frequently dominated debate and to consider the facts about migration.

It brings together academic experts who have studied the impact of migration on housing, employment, welfare, community relations and public perceptions. Evidence will be presented and the audience will be invited to consider its relevance to Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

Why you should attend:

  • learn more about the facts and figures through access to recent research
  • consider the impact of negative debate on achieving positive outcomes in the city
  • identify gaps in information to be filled to help enhance service delivery and promote cohesion
  • make a positive contribution to the local debate on migration and immigration

We are delighted to host six speakers whose research directly addresses these issues:

  • Emma Briant, University of Sheffield – Migration in the Press and Media
  • David Robinson, Sheffield Hallam University – Migration and Housing
  • Hannah Lewis, University of Leeds – Migration and the Labour Market
  • Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham – Migration and Integration
  • Jo Britton & Majella Kilkey, University of Sheffield – Migration and the Welfare State

The event will be chaired by Dave Brown from Migration Yorkshire.

Further details

The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited so please contact Emma Smith at e.smith@shu.ac.uk or on 0114 225 3073 to confirm attendance or with any other queries about the event. The seminar will be held at The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX (see here for map and travel details: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/location/)

This is the first in a series of seminars in 2014 aiming to inform local debate around migration in South Yorkshire. The seminars are being organised in partnership by Sheffield BME Network, City of Sanctuary Sheffield, the Cohesion Advisory Group, Northern Refugee Centre, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.