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Survey of New Refugees, 2005-2009

Title details

SN: 6556
Title: Survey of New Refugees, 2005-2009
Alternative title: SNR
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6556-1
Depositor: Home Office. UK Border Agency. Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management
Principal investigator(s): Home Office. UK Border Agency. Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management
Sponsor(s): Home Office. UK Border Agency. Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management
Other acknowledgements: Matrix Knowledge Group (questionnaire distribution, keying and coding);
NLightN (keying and coding);
National Recognition Information Centre (translation of international qualifications into UK equivalents);
National Centre for Social Research (weighting and longitudinal data analysis).

Citation

The citation for this study is:

Home Office. UK Border Agency. Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management. (2010). Survey of New Refugees, 2005-2009. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6556, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6556-1

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Subject Categories

Crime and law enforcement - Law, crime and legal systems
Ethnic minorities - Social stratification and groupings
General - Health
Housing
Migration - Population, vital statistics and censuses
Social and occupational mobility - Social stratification and groupings
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture
Use and provision of specific social services - Social welfare policy and systems

Abstract

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The Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management section (ARK) within the UK Border Agency commissioned the Survey of New Refugees to provide a longitudinal study of refugee integration in the UK. The overall aim of the survey was two-fold: (i) to collect information on the characteristics of new refugees at the time of their asylum decision; and (ii) to provide data on the integration of new refugees in the UK over time.

A postal baseline questionnaire was sent to all new refugees who were granted a positive decision of asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain between 1 December 2005 and 25 March 2007. Three follow-up questionnaires were issued 8, 15 and 21 months later. The baseline questionnaire collected information on the characteristics of refugees at the time of their asylum decision, including their previous education and employment, English language ability, physical and emotional health, and their social support and service needs. Three follow-up questionnaires were used to collect information on how these refugees integrated in the UK over 21 months. Integration was considered in terms of the English language skills, employment and housing of new refugees, and how these changed over time. Over 900 refugees provided information at all four sweeps. The findings of this research have been published in two Home Office Research Reports (Nos. 36 and 37) and one Summary Report (No.35), all included in the study documentation. A further Research Report (No.43), The Migrant Journey, is also available (see Publications section for references and links).

Main Topics:
The data file contains information from all four sweeps of the survey: baseline, 8 months, 15 months and 21 months. Details include the characteristics of refugees at the time of the asylum decision (baseline), such as their age, country of origin, English language ability, education and employment history, health and support needs. Data from the follow-up sweeps provide detailed information on the experience of new refugees in the UK, including their housing, employment and changes in English language ability. The dataset includes cross-sectional and longitudinal weights which should be applied during analysis (details provided in the accompanying technical notes).

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: The complete survey ran between December 2005 and March 2009.
Baseline (Sweep 1): December 2005 – March 2007; questionnaire issued 1 week after processing of asylum decision.
Sweep 2: 8 months after the asylum decision.
Sweep 3: 15 months after the asylum decision.
Sweep 4: 21 months after the asylum decision.
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Individual refugees: people aged 18 and over who were granted asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain in the UK between 1 December 2005 and 25 March 2007.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Respondents were surveyed four times in total: one baseline questionnaire and three follow-ups.
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
The questionnaire was sent to all new refugees who entered the UK between December 2005 and March 2007.
Number of units: 5,678 new refugees participated in the first sweep of the survey, decreasing to 939 respondents in the fourth sweep.
Method of data collection: Postal survey
Weighting: Cross-sectional and longitudinal weights are included in the file; see documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 30 September 2010
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Aggregate Report 6556_aggregate_report_37.pdf 1596
Baseline Report 6556_baseline_report_36.pdf 1992
Summary Report 6556_summary_report_35.pdf 888
Technical Notes and Data Notes 6556_technical_and_data_notes.pdf 662
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6556_Information.htm 6
READ File read6556.htm 10

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Daniel, M. and Zurawan, A. (2010) Summary of the Survey of New Refugees, December 2005 – March 2009, Research Report 35, London: Home Office.

Daniel, M., Devine, C., Gillespie, R., Pendry, E. and Zurawan, A. (2010) Helping new refugees integrate into the UK: baseline data analysis from the Survey of New Refugees, Research Report 36, London: Home Office.

Cebulla, A., Daniel, M. and Zurawan, A. (2010) Spotlight on refugee integration: findings from the Survey of New Refugees in the United Kingdom, Research Report 37, London: Home Office.

(The three reports above are all included in the study documentation.)

Achato, L., Eaton, M. and Jones, C. (2010) The migrant journey, Research Report 43, London: Home Office. ISBN 978 1 84987 257 7. Retrieved 10 January 2011, from http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/horr43c.pdf.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Lunn, L.M. (2014) The social determinants of refugee health: an integrated perspective, Ph.D. Thesis, Vanderbilt University, USA. Retrieved February 2nd, 2016 from http://etd.library.vanderbilt.edu/available/etd-07172014-213543/unrestricted/Lunn_Dissertation_FINAL.pdf

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