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Ugandan Asians in Leicester: An Analysis of the Wage Effects of Immigration

by Lavin, Ethan

Abstract

In an age of rising global populism that led to the historic “Brexit” decision of the U.K. to leave the EU and the rise of right-wing nationalist parties throughout Europe, a commonality is the argument that immigrants suppress wages for native-born workers. Argued by many low-skilled blue collar laborers throughout the world that they suffer the most with high amounts of immigration, this paper analyzes this claim through an historical example. Approaching the question of the effect immigrants have on wages with the resettlement of Ugandan Asians in Leicester, U.K after the 1972 expulsion by Ugandan President Idi Amin, this paper found no observable negative effects upon the wages of native-born Britons as a result of the resettlement. While the Leicester Mercury reported higher unemployment figures among Leicester’s East African population in 1975, correlation to the resettlement of Ugandan Asians cannot be established given that England experienced a recession from 1973-1975.

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Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27178
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
46 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Jessica Hoel
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05