The UK’s largest university has asked its international students to undertake an in-depth study of the effects on Britain of globalisation and migration.
The University of Kent is to begin work next year to track the effects, with a focus on the changing composition of the UK workforce.
The university is also set to set up a “global migrant and migration team” in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Migration.
Dr Tim Anderson, the university’s vice chancellor, said the research would be the first in-person assessment of the impact of globalization on the country’s workforce.
He said the team would provide “detailed insights” on the impact on people of different backgrounds.
“We are seeking to build bridges with a wide range of stakeholders and international students, and to look at the different ways in which people in different parts of the country can interact with one another,” Dr Anderson said.
“What we need is a team of researchers who can sit in a room and actually see how people in their local communities can interact in a different way.”
In a way, it’s the opposite of research, and it’s very much like doing research with other countries.
It’s like having a research team of scientists working together.
We’re trying to understand how people from different parts in the UK can co-exist and how they can collaborate in a way that we can’t.
“Dr Anderson, a former British Foreign Secretary, said he hoped the team could provide “an opportunity for UK students to really get to know the UK and the country they’re going to be coming to”.
He said that when the research began, the team had not been given much information on the “very big changes” in the labour market since the Brexit vote.
He added: “We’re starting off with a small team but we’re hoping to build on that and see what other countries do.”
Dr John Darnell, a PhD candidate in international migration and globalisation at the University of York, said: “It’s really important to look carefully at what the impacts of global trade and migration are and to make sense of the changes that we see as we move forward.”
The UK has a population of just over 2.5 million, with about 80 per cent of the population working in the service sector.
Professor Stephen Widdowson, who studies migration at the London School of Economics, said that the researchers had not found any evidence that people who arrived in the United Kingdom from overseas were more likely to leave the country than those who had come earlier in the year. “
If you think about it, a lot of migrants who come here are migrants who are not necessarily from the UK but they’re coming here to work, so they’re not going to have the same social connections here that they do in other parts of Europe, which may mean they’re less likely to be able to integrate,” he said.
Professor Stephen Widdowson, who studies migration at the London School of Economics, said that the researchers had not found any evidence that people who arrived in the United Kingdom from overseas were more likely to leave the country than those who had come earlier in the year.
“The evidence is not that people are more likely or less likely, but it’s not something that is clear-cut,” he told The Independent.
“It seems like there’s an assumption that it’s always the UK that’s going to leave, but the evidence suggests it’s much more likely that it’ll be migrants from outside the UK who are going to come.”
Professor Widdowsson said that in the short term, the impact would be limited.
“Migration is likely to increase, but in the long run, it seems to have an effect,” he added.
But he said the potential negative effects were more significant. “
But if the labour force is not being filled by migrants, we’re likely to see a very, very small impact on the wages of UK workers.”
But he said the potential negative effects were more significant.
“You can have a very strong effect, but over a long period, you can see a huge impact on prices,” he explained.
“This has a lot to do with the costs of migration and the impact it has on wages.”
Dr Jodi Maitland, director of the International Migration Centre at the National University of Singapore, said globalisation had been “the biggest challenge to UK wages” in recent years.
“Since the referendum we have seen an increasing proportion of workers being replaced by technology and the outsourcing of many jobs,” she said.
The National University’s Maitlands said that while the research could be “very helpful”, it was also important that the results were robust and reliable.
“There is a lot we do not know, including the long-term consequences of migration for UK wages and jobs,” Ms Maitles said.
She added that although there were some positive impacts on wages, there were also “some negatives”.
“For example, there is evidence that, because of the economic uncertainty and the negative impact on job security,