Abstract The unexpected scale of labour migration from eastern Europe to the UK following EU enlargement in 2004 was thought to pose a threat to the cohesiveness of those local communities hosting larger influxes of migrants. Nevertheless, areas rich in community capacity may have been able to incorporate migrant workers in ways that sustained social cohesion. This paper explores the effects of labour migration on residents’ perceptions of social cohesion in urban areas in England using multivariate statistical techniques. The statistical results suggest that post-enlargement migration weakened social cohesion, but that the prospects of social incorporation were better in areas with stronger community capacity. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

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Keywords England, Enlargement, community capacity, migration, social cohesion
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969776412457165, hdl.handle.net/1765/40902
Series COCOPS - (COordinating for COhesion in the Public Sector of the Future)
Journal European Urban and Regional Studies
Note Includes Accepted Author Manuscript
Grant This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/266887 - COordinating for COhesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS)
Citation
Andrews, R. (2012). Labour migration, communities and perceptions of social cohesion in England. European Urban and Regional Studies, 2012, 1–33. doi:10.1177/0969776412457165