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Durham University

Durham Law: Policy Engagement

Briefing Paper

Migration Impacts Reduction Fund

Urgent funding is required to help reduce the impact of migration on public services. There was a Migrant Impacts Fund launched in 2009 to provide new funding support to local communities that needed it most financed by a levy on immigration application fees. The Fund distributed about £70m over two years, but It was scrapped within months by the coalition government after the 2010 general election.

View the briefing here.

The Life in the UK citizenship test: Is it unfit for purpose?

You can view a short briefing on the arguments for reform of the citizenship test here

The purpose of the briefing is give the reader a flavour of Thom Brook's research in this area. We hope that by presenting our research in an accessible and eye-catching way to disseminate it to the widest possible audience, including policy makers, members of the legal profession, external groups (including NGOs) and other academics.

You can read the full 'Life in the United Kingdom Citizenship Test: Is It Unfit for Purpose?' report here.

You can read 'A Practical Guide to Living in the United Kingdom: A Report' here.

Immigration law and policy in an independent Scotland

You can view a short briefing on the arguments on an immigration policy in an independent Scotland here

What might happen at the border if Scotland voted for independence? Pro-Unionists claimed border controls would be inevitable because migration rules would differ. Anti-Unionists agreed the immigration rules in an independent Scotland would change. However, they denied no border controls would become necessary when joining the Common Travel Area (CTA) with the UK and Ire-land.

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This project has been funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account