Between 2013-16 research examined the position and experiences of ‘new migrants’ in the workforce in North East England, carried out by Nottingham Trent and Northumbria Universities, the International Community Organisation of Sunderland and the Regional Refugee Forum North East. Methods included a survey completed by 402 migrants, in-depth interviews with 40 migrants, interviews with 12 key stakeholders, and a policy seminar attended by more than 50 people from a range of backgrounds.
Our primary focus was refugees who arrived since Dispersal began in 1999 and migrant workers from the countries in Eastern Europe that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 – one quarter of survey respondents were refugees with some form of leave to remain, one quarter were asylum seekers, one quarter were EU migrants, and the remainder came from a variety of different immigration routs. The most frequent countries of origin were Romania (15%), Sudan (12%), Poland (11%) and Bangladesh (7%).
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