Migrant workers in Bolton: final report

Steele, A and Hunt, L 2008, Migrant workers in Bolton: final report , Project Report, University of Salford, UK, Salford, UK.

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In May 2004, ten countries joined the European Union (EU): Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. From that date, Cyprus and Malta had full free movement and right to work throughout the EU, while the remaining eight countries (referred to as the A8) had certain restrictions placed on them. In the UK, for example, the government regulated access through the Worker Registration Scheme, and restricted access to benefits. In 2007, the EU was also joined by Bulgaria and Romania (referred to as the A2). Nationals of these two countries were allowed gradual access to the UK labour market. Skilled workers were allowed access through the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP), while for lower skilled workers quotas were set and restricted to specific schemes, such as the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS).1 According to the Audit Commission (2007)2, since May 2004, workers from these Accession countries have come to dominate UK arrivals. It is accurate to say that all areas of the country have been affected by the arrival of migrant groups, whether that is long-established populations, dispersed asylum seekers and refugees, or, more recently, migrant workers. Indeed, geographical distribution goes beyond traditional in-migration areas.3 What is clear is that different areas of the UK face a different combination of circumstances and, as such, require their own local responses.4 In light of this, some local authorities are making efforts to find out about the experiences and needs of these new and emerging communities. As Hazel Blears stated at a conference in November 2007: “We need to recognise the positive economic and cultural contribution of migration; but equally, the impact on communities and public services”. 5 This report presents the findings of a study looking at the needs and experiences of migrant workers living and working in Bolton. The research was commissioned by Bolton at Home, Bolton Community Homes and Bolton Council and was conducted by a team of researchers from the Salford Housing & Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford. The study was greatly aided by research support from a number of Community Interviewers and was managed by a Steering Group composed of key stakeholders from Bolton at Home, Bolton Community Homes, Bolton Council and BREC.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801 Labor. Work. Working class
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Publisher: University of Salford, UK
Funders: Bolton at Home, Bolton Community Homes, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2009 14:04
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1926

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