ben gidley1Following news that the publication of a report showing the impact of immigration on British jobs may have been blocked, Oxford academic Dr Ben Gidley will ask at Edge Hill University tomorrow: “Is Britain Full Up?”

The Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Research (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford will speak at a lecture called Is Britain Full Up, Immigration Shock in the Twenty First Century at the University at 2pm on Thursday 6 March.

Today it was reported that Downing Street is thought to have blocked the publication of a report that shows the impact of immigration on British employment is well below the figures used by ministers.

The report challenges claims by the home secretary Theresa May based on a 2012 report that “for every 100 immigrants…23 British workers would not be employed.”

Yet, research by BBC’s Newsnight programme said analysis by civil servants, which has yet to be published, estimates the cost to British workers to be much lower.

In his talk, Dr Gidley will discuss the myths and realities of the last decade of mass immigration in the UK. He will explore whether public fears about immigration and its impact on the country are well founded, and what drives these fears in British society.

Dr Gidley writes on the impact of diversity, racism and the politics of migrant citizenship. He was also one of the academics consulted by the Home Office Science for its report on the Local Impact of Migration.

Dr James Renton, Reader in History at Edge Hill University organised the lecture.

He said: “There has been much said by politicians and reported in the media about the effects of migration into Britain and what that means for everyone’s day to day life, employment, crime figures, housing and welfare.

“It really is a pressing topic at the moment and this is a great opportunity to hear from an important scholar in the field.”