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Policy-driven evidence: Evaluating the UK government’s approach to immigration policy making

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Wallace T (2018) Policy-driven evidence: Evaluating the UK government’s approach to immigration policy making. Critical Social Policy, 38 (2), pp. 283-301. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018317726251

Abstract
This critique conducts a technical analysis of a UK Home Office report which was a key justification for passing the Immigration Act 2014. The law seeks to reduce non-EU immigration to the UK. The report is based on a 2012 report by the Migration Advisory Committee which used firmly established methods in the field of immigration studies. Despite this, it is concluded that the Home Office report not only excludes several important aspects of analysis, the entrepreneurialism of migrants and student immigration, but also has severe statistical problems. The report’s choice of operationalisations, lack of information regarding confidence intervals, and lack of sufficient model testing and repetition all combine to make it a weak piece of research and substantially undermine its suitability to inform policy. In the final analysis, this critique posits that the Home Office report reflects the Conservative government’s utilisation of 'policy driven evidence'.

Keywords
Brexit; critique; migration; quantitative; statistics

Journal
Critical Social Policy: Volume 38, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date01/05/2018
Publication date online10/08/2017
Date accepted by journal15/07/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25861
PublisherSAGE
ISSN0261-0183

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Mr Tom Wallace
Mr Tom Wallace

PhD Researcher, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology