New homes should be built in areas of growth such as the information technology boom towns of Oxford and Cambridge, and in London instead of areas of decline where he suggests that they're not needed despite conventional wisdom that the new builds will spur new growth.City size matters even more than in the past.... If that is the case, and it seems a plausible scenario, then the sensible strategy would be to keep increasing the size of these cities, generating more and more high-quality, high-wage jobs in the process.Oxford and Cambridge would then become the Liverpool and Manchester of the 21st century: cities whose economic success leads to dramatic expansion, to the benefit of those who move to them, and, via buoyant tax revenues, to all of us.More here: FT.comMeanwhile an article by Michael Skapinker looks at what's fueling a million immigrants who seem to have all turned up at once in London:In 1986, London had an estimated 1.2m foreign-born residents, making up 17.6 per cent of its population.

In 1986, London had an estimated 1.2m foreign-born residents, making up 17.6 per cent of its population. By last year, the number had risen to 2.2m, or 30.5 per cent of the total.

But the change goes beyond numbers. The LSE report, published in July, points to the truly novel feature of the recent wave of migration. Previous immigrants to London tended to come from a handful of countries, most with historical ties to the UK. The new generation of immigrants comes from every corner of the earth.

The immigrants of the last 20 years have moved to London for the same reasons. The difference is that, instead of coming in successive waves, they have all arrived together…The movement of people is a worldwide phenomenon and probably greater than any government can control. It is the result of the increase in global economic ties, cheaper flights and better communication links. Migration, while still requiring considerable personal tenacity, is no longer the all-or-nothing risk it was.

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