Tag: immigration

  • The latest from British Social Attitudes

    Today sees the release of the annual British Social Attitudes series, and – for the first time – I have a chapter in it.  I make two arguments.  Firstly- and familiar to readers of this blog – I argue that attitudes to benefits are not as negative as they seem (as I blog about at […]

  • The Asian American Paradox: “Model Minorities” and Outsiders

    Asian Americans are among the fastest growing demographics in the United States, yet they receive little attention in the study of racial inequality. This is especially surprising because Asian Americans occupy a paradoxical position in American society — simultaneously successful and marginal. On average, Asian American educational attainment, income, and wealth is equal to, or […]

  • Immigration reform without public benefits

    Any viable immigration reform proposal in the United States senate has to pass through Florida Republican Marcio Rubio. That’s why it was big news when Rubio announced his support for a bipartisan plan on the Sunday news shows, stressing that the new program would establish a pathway to citizenship but offers very little to immigrants […]

  • Immigration and reciprocity

    There’s been so many claims about benefits lately in the UK that it’s difficult to know where to start in responding to them. Rather than talk about Mick Philpott (about which enough has been said elsewhere) or the question of whether the social security Secretary of State can live on £53 per week, I thought […]

  • Immigration and the politicisation of everyday experience

    Where do hostile attitudes towards immigrants come from? ‘The media and politicians’ often comes the cry from those on the left, seeing the hostility as something brewed by outside forces for their own ends.  ‘People’s own experiences’ is often the response from the right, arguing that people feel worried both culturally and economically from interacting […]

  • Harshness or stability in attitudes to redistribution?

    In the previous post from Charlotte Cavaille based on the Attitudes to Wealth and Economic Inequality in the UK event run by Cumberland Lodge, she examined how the “middle” had faired during a time of continuous increase in the income gap between the bottom and the top. In this post, she shows how common understandings that ‘attitudes to redistribution have […]

  • Immigration and the Moral Claim to Health Benefits

    Remember this moment? Barack Obama: “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.” Representative Joe Wilson: “You lie!” In fact, President Obama was not lying. The promise he made in his […]

  • Does Racial Discrimination Cause Obesity?

    The United States is not only the land of opportunity, but also the land of obesity. In 2000, approximately 16% of immigrants in the United States were obese, compared to 22% of native-born Americans. Immigrants eventually close in on native-born Americans, as longer duration in the United States is associated with greater obesity, and by […]

  • Colbert’s Immigration Plan: Don’t Eat Vegetables

    “America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. Now, the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables, and if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you’ll see that many Americans have already started.” Stephen Colbert provided a number of fantastic one-liners […]