Immigration and Diversity
Immigration and diversity in the UK
Review & Planning Programme for Local Authorities
With opposition to immigration in England and Wales reportedly at 80%, a recent publication by Professor Eric Kaufmann, 'Changing Places', identifies that white British opposition to immigration is lower in areas with more minorities and immigrants. The report makes recommendations about how the Home Office disperses refugees, House building policies and revisiting what we mean by Britishness and the future for English ethnicity.
Des McCabe (a Member of DWP Equality and Diversity Customer Reference Group) is currently working with Local Authorities in all parts of the UK to help them to develop meaningful immigration and diversity strategies.
The three month process for a team of local Managers is supported by three one day workshops which deliver a local strategy, detailed implementation plan and monitoring criteria.
STAGE 1 - An initial one day workshop (see content below) with managers/key personnel to identify local factors and priorities.
STAGE 2 - One day workshop in month two to work up, develop and coordinate individual components of the strategy.
STAGE 3 - Third workshop in month three to complete the action plan with responsibilities, timescales, key performance indicators and outcomes.
STAGE 4 - Report produced with detailed action plan and monitoring criteria.
Key Topics for Local Authorities
The initial workshop covers the following :
- Developing a local strategy for immigration and diversity (local factors, current trends and future scenarios).
- UK diversity index - where are we in this area?
- A values based approach?
- Producing an immigration and diversity policy.
- Community planning - creating our local demographic map 2020 (and reviewing its implications).
- Housing policies review - housing allocation approaches, new build priorities and minimising ghetto mentality.
- Engagement of immigrant communities.
- Preferred integration strategies and approaches.
- Leveraging diversity in economic development.
- Learning together - education challenges for all.
- Policing and justice initiatives.
- Mapping of Health and Wellbeing service provision.
- Promoting the best of new communities - food, music, arts, leisure and sport.
- Case Studies - including Immigration in the U.S. & Social Cohesion in Australia.
- Challenges for local democracy and representation (elected members and council staff).
- Key components of an immigration and diversity plan for our local authority area for 2016-2020.
This is an important review and planning process for all local authorities in the UK.
- Number of participants on workshops: 8-24
- Cross department & Senior Management representation recommended.
- Total cost of the process is £4,950 (inclusive)
To discuss this process for your Local Authority please call Des McCabe on 07717 203325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America
In April 2011 a New York Times headline announced, "Numbers of Children of Whites Falling Fast." As it turns out, that year became the first time in American history that more minority babies than white babies were born.
The concept of a "minority white" may instil fear among some Americans, but William H. Frey, the man behind the demographic research, points out that demography is destiny, and the fear of a more racially diverse nation will almost certainly dissipate over time.
Through a compelling narrative and eye-catching charts and maps, eminent demographer Frey interprets and expounds on the dramatic growth of minority populations in the United States. He finds that without these expanding groups, America could face a bleak future: this new generation of young minorities, who are having children at a faster rate than whites, is infusing our aging labour force with vitality and innovation. In contrast with the labour force-age population of Japan, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, the U.S. labour force-age population is set to grow 5 percent by 2030.
The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America
Many American communities, especially the working and middle class, are facing chronic problems: fiscal stress, urban decline, environmental sprawl, failing schools, mass incarceration, political isolation, disproportionate foreclosures, and severe public health risks. In The Price of Paradise, David Dante Troutt argues that it is a lack of what he calls “regional equity” in our local decision making that has led to this looming crisis now facing so many cities and local governments. Unless we adopt policies that take into consideration all class levels, he argues, the underlying inequity affecting poor and middle class communities will permanently limit opportunity for the next generations of Americans.