A Study by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory published on December 30th 2014 reported that there hasn’t been a huge influx of Romanian and Bulgarian (often referred to as A2) immigrants to the UK over 2014, as many as expected.A year after EU countries were legally required to stop restricting Romanian and Bulgarian migrants’ access to labour markets, the report concluded, “The number of A2-born population grew by a similar amount before and after transitional controls were ended, with most of the growth occurring before… controls were lifted.”Following the flurry of speculation in the media about how many A2 migrants would come to the UK after the ending of transition controls, the University of Oxford Migration Observatory sought to offer independent and evidence-based analysis of migration statistics used by the press.Head of Media and Communications at The Migration Observatory, Robert McNeil told Cherwell, “News stories are more than just the transfer of information, they are a part of a ‘product’ – be that a newspaper, or a TV programme or whatever. The Migration Observatory works to inform public debate, making an effort to ensure the correct numbers are used, but we don’t take a view on how they should be interpreted.“The 2013 stories about the anticipated scale of the movement of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants to the UK after January 1 2014 stemmed from different news organisations’ efforts to segment their audience – so depending on the audiences, some media suggested that the numbers would be large, others that they would be small, but, critically, none actually knew how many would come.”He added that the language of scale is relative and therefore the statistics could be used in different ways, with the increase by September 2014 of 47,000 being interpreted as a serious influx of immigrants by some media outlets, whilst others saw it as essentially no different to the increase of 45,000 of 2013.Pembroke undergraduate Carl Gregs commented, “There seems to be an overwhelming negative bias against A2 migrants throughout the entire media spectrum, which I personally wouldn’t have expected. Obviously they are all allowed to voice an opinion. But seeing as the immigration wave they were scaremongering about did not happen as this data shows, I reckon it was the wrong opinion – especially the tabloid publications seem very inadequate.”The report specifically discussed the significant increase in the number of National Insurance Numbers allocated to Romanian and Bulgarian-born people in 2014 recently reported by press, putting the large amount down to the decision of migrants already living in the UK before 2014 to apply for NINs, rather than a “significant spike” in the number of migrants themselves.Nonetheless, The Migration Observatory stated that it was “less clear” to what degree the controls actually prevented people from joining the UK labour market after their introduction in 2007.
“We need to make sure that we match the intensity of a team that’s already a tournament champion,” USC head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “They actually have the advantage in that regard.” The Trojans finished 7-4 in Pac-12 play to finish third in the conference, losing their regular season finale to UCLA in a battle for second place last week. USC’s four losses have all come in conference play, as it has dropped games to Stanford, Cal, Washington and UCLA — all quality opponents. USC will be in the same quadrant as the ACC champion and No. 2 overall team in the nation, North Carolina, as well as No. 13 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Texas Tech. Senior midfielder Jalen Woodward will play this weekend, head coach Keidane McAlpine said Wednesday. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) “They are a very over-the-top, go-at-you kind of team,” redshirt junior goalie Kaylie Collins said. “They don’t want to really possess around and keep the game slow. They want a high-tempo kind of game, which we also enjoy doing.” In recent years, USC has seen success and plenty of heartbreak in the postseason. In 2016, the Trojans were able to win the national championship, but 2017 and 2018 have featured two tragic losses decided by penalty kicks. The 64-team field in the NCAA Tournament is shaping up to be another highly competitive and intense postseason. The Pac-12 will receive strong representation as usual, with eight teams qualifying for the postseason. Four of those teams received a top-four seed in their bracket. No. 2 Stanford, which is coming off yet another Pac-12 Championship, earned a one seed while USC and UCLA both received No. 2 spots. “We are trying to focus more on ourselves,” Collins said about the team’s mentality heading into the game. “Coming in as the two seed, that gives you kind of a confidence boost I think, because you are playing a team that might have not had as a good season as you or that kind of thing. Honestly it’s just about going in and being able to play our game.” Fullerton, on the other hand, took care of a weaker schedule to finish 14-2-4 on the season, but USC will be the toughest team it has faced all year. The Titans snagged an NCAA Tournament bid thanks to their undefeated conference record and Big West Tournament Championship. Regardless of the Titans’ strategy this game, the Trojans will look to overwhelm them with their firepower and elite talent. Both McAlpine and Collins emphasized the importance of USC playing the way they want to play. Heading into the weekend, the Trojans will be affected by injuries, as they have throughout the season. Star junior forward Tara McKeown has been out since USC played Oregon State Nov. 3 and will be questionable against CSUF, but senior midfielder Jalen Woodward, who has been out since the end of October, will make her return. McAlpine also added that the Trojans have to be more “refined” in what they do to improve their play and that CSUF will present challenges on both sides of the ball. As major underdogs, the Titans will come in ready to fight and will play with a chip on their shoulder. They have already faced a few elimination games and have had the opportunity to develop their playoff mentality — high stakes the Trojans have not faced this season. The No. 9 overall USC women’s soccer team will host Cal State Fullerton to open up postseason play at home Saturday after a 14-4-1 regular season earned it a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Collins and her solid backline will look to slow the two offensive standouts and potentially add a ninth shutout to the team’s resume. Fortunately, the defense may at least have a sense for Fullerton’s offensive approach because the Trojans also rely on a dynamic offensive pair in McKeown and Hocking to handle their scoring. McKeown’s potential absence may hurt USC offensively. Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking is likely to carry a heavier load to make up for her absence. Fullerton’s offense has been carried by senior forwards Maddie Bennett and Atlanta Primus, who have 12 and 11 goals on the season, respectively. “They are very, very good on set pieces, especially corners,” he said. “They do a great job in their defensive organization in terms of their pressing, and they get numbers into the box.” This Saturday marks the beginning of USC’s hunt for its third national championship. If the Trojans want to avoid a third straight year of heartbreak, the team must come together to defeat a stacked tournament field starting Saturday. read more