UK migration: the leadership role of housing providers

John Perry

What can housing providers do to successfully handle the consequences of national policies and trends relating to UK immigration?

Migration policy often focuses on the number of new migrants entering the UK, but little is done to support neighbourhoods where migrants already live. Central government is withdrawing from these issues at a local level, placing more importance than ever before on regional and local leadership.

This viewpoint:

  • investigates the role of housing associations;
  • studies the ways in which housing providers have already taken steps towards better neighbourhood cohesion and integration;
  • explores perceived or actual competition between migrants and host communities for housing; and
  • encourages housing providers who are well-placed to act on these issues to support communities in the process of change caused by the effects of recent migration, which are here to stay.
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