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Immigration and the Access to Social Housing in the UK


  • Diego Battiston
  • Richard Dickens
  • Alan Manning
  • Jonathan Wadsworth


This paper investigates the impact of immigration on the probability of being in social housing in the UK. In recent years immigrant households are slightly more likely than natives to be in social housing but once one controls for relevant household characteristics immigrants are significantly less likely to be in social housing than natives. However, there has been change over time - the immigrant penalty has fallen over time probably because of changes in allocation rules. Overall we find that the rising number of immigrants and the change in the allocation rules can explain about one-third of the fall in the probability of being in social housing with two-thirds being the result of the fall in the social housing stock.

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  • Diego Battiston & Richard Dickens & Alan Manning & Jonathan Wadsworth, 2014. "Immigration and the Access to Social Housing in the UK," CEP Discussion Papers dp1264, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp1264

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    1. Wadsworth, Jonathan, 2014. "Immigration, the European union and the UK labour market," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 57984, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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    Immigration; social housing;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare

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