Welcome to my website, which hosts most of my recent writing. I have spent nearly 25 years working with migrants and refugees and working on related policy issues. Click here and you will find a selection of my writing on migration and here for more about me.
In 2015 I published Moving up and getting on, which examines the integration of migrants in the UK, at work, in education and socially in their new neighbourhoods. The book draws on my research in London and the east of England. It aims to be an accessible but comprehensive text that critiques recent policy, but also suggest practical steps to support integration. Further details about the book and its contents are given in the Moving up and getting on section in this website.
Outside work, I make pots and write about ceramics. Drawing from some of my blogs, I am currently working on a book about this subject. You can read my pottery blogs in the ceramics section of my website. I try to write a new blog every month, with recent additions looking at clay as raw material, mudlarking along the banks of the Thames and the iconic willow pattern. My latest post looks at the pleasures of developing glaze recipes.
Leaving the EU will lead to significant changes to UK immigration policy. Over the next year, the UK Government will have to decide about the immigration offer it wants to make to the EU27, as part of a broader post-Brexit relationship. Retaining freedom of movement in its present form is politically non-viable, given the results of the referendum in which immigration was a key theme. While the UK could opt for a “hard” Brexit, more desirable is a Brexit deal that balances access to the single market for British goods and services with some changes to freedom of movement. Britain’s immigration offer to Europe looks at what this deal might be, arguing for reciprocal freedom of movement for highly-skilled EU nationals and sector-based quotas covering low-skilled jobs and offered first to EU nationals.
Britain’s immigration offer to Europe: how could a new preferential system work? British Future, October 2016.
Immigration after Brexit: challenges for economic stakeholders, British Future, April 2017