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Immigration and the Access to Social Housing in the UK

Diego  Battiston,  Richard  Dickens,  Alan  Manning,  Jonathan  Wadsworth,  April 2014
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Keywords: Immigration, social housing

JEL Classification: F22; R21; H75

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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.