BUSINESS ALARM AT CAMERON'S PLEDGE TO CURB OVERSEAS HIRING OF SKILLED WORKERS
Financial Times, 22/05/2015, p.3, Helen Warrell
Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, comments on new official figures which show that net migration to the UK soared 52 per cent over the past year to 318,000. She said: “Net migration has risen even despite new restrictions on family, work and student visas that were introduced during the last parliament,” adding that as immigration rose it was possible that the cap on skilled migrants would start to prevent employers from hiring workers from outside the EU. “Today’s data indicate that it is increasingly likely that some employers — including the public sector — may find themselves unable to recruit non-EU staff over the next year. If this happens, we may see some of them turning to EU workers instead,” Ms Sumption said.
Also with comment from Madeleine Sumption of the Migration Observatory:
I won't give up, vows Cameron as immigration figures soar
The Times, 22/05/2015, p.7, Richard Ford
Migration to UK surges close to 2005 peak
The Guardian, 22/05/2015, p.7, Alan Travis
PM won't 'cave in' on migration target
BBC News online, 21/05/2015
Net migration figures released as David Cameron promises crackdown
Mail Online, 21/05/2015, Matt Chorley
Oh dear Mr Cameron: Number of EU migrants in UK pushes immigration levels to RECORD HIGH
Daily Express, 21/05/2015, Levi Winchester
David Cameron Announces 'Radical' Immigration Clampdown As Latest Figures Show He's Nowhere Near Keeping His Promise
Huffington Post UK, 22/05/2015, Jack Sommers
Radio: The World At One, BBC Radio 4
Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, is interviewed about David Cameron’s announced plan to crack down on illegal migration following a rise in net migration.
(Around 20:12 on the clock)
UK IMMIGRATION: DAVID CAMERON CAP ON SKILLED NON-EU WORKERS IS 'AT THE RIGHT LEVEL'
International Business Times UK, 21/05/2015, Lewis Dean
Article on UK immigration policy mentions that data published last week by the Oxford Migration Observatory showed that the number of specialist workers coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland was the highest since the quota was put in place.
DNA HINTS AT EARLIER DOG EVOLUTION
BBC News online, 21/05/2015, Pallab Ghosh
Swedish researchers have found genetic evidence suggesting that dogs may have begun to split from wolves 27,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought. Article highlights that in unrelated research a group led by Dr Greger Larsen at Oxford University is working on a project to study the origin of dogs. Dr Larsen's team is in the process of collecting 4,000 skulls and teeth of different ages from across the world which they plan to analyse genetically and evaluate the way in which their shapes have changed through the years. Dr Larsen says that the archaeological evidence is biased towards the later stages of dog evolution because dogs probably didn't start looking like dogs as we know them until relatively recently. However, he believes the process was a continuous one, so much so that he has banned the use of the words "dog" and "wolf" in his lab. Dr Larsen said: ‘It probably started with an unconscious phase where wolves were gradually getting used to human populations, following them around and eating their waste products. The changes that we now ascribe that differentiate dogs and wolves may not have emerged for a very long time.’
ANCIENT DNA SUGGESTS DOGS SPLIT FROM WOLVES 40,000 YEARS AGO
New Scientist online, 21/05/2015, Michael Slezak
An analysis of a bone from a newly-identified ancient wolf species suggests dogs may have split from wolves as early as 40,000 years ago, Swedish researchers report. Article includes comment from Laurent Frantz from the University of Oxford.
TV: News, BBC News
Dr Robert Bewley, from the Endangered Archaeology project at the University of Oxford, is interviewed about Islamic State seizing the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra in Syria.
NOW THE BANK OF ENGLAND NEEDS TO DELIVER QE FOR THE PEOPLE
The Guardian online, 21/05/2015, Mark Blyth, Eric Lonergan, and Simon Wren-Lewis
Comment piece co-authored by Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, on the role of quantitative easing (QE): ‘…With fiscal policy off the table, and existing monetary tools exhausted, we propose that the government legislates to empower the Bank of England with the ability to make payments directly to the household sector – QE for the people… The current economic plan is to rely on the Bank while hoping nothing goes wrong. Yet fundamental weaknesses in the tools of monetary policy have been revealed by the financial crisis and yet we keep asking the monetary authority to do more, not less. To do more, the Bank needs a new tool.