More talent, please: a blueprint for the UK’s future migration policy

When the UK gains control over migration policy, who should get priority? In this extract from its new report, the LSE Growth Commission says the new visa system establishes clear criteria and processes applications efficiently. Skills shortages mean the UK needs more high-skilled workers, not fewer. We must preserve our status as a magnet for talent from around the world.

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    Logically flawed, morally indefensible: EU citizens in the UK are bargaining chips

Logically flawed, morally indefensible: EU citizens in the UK are bargaining chips

The rights of EU citizens living in the UK are not guaranteed. An amendment that would have given them post-Brexit rights regardless of the outcome of negotiations was voted down in the Commons. Ruvi Ziegler says the government’s argument – which says that by refusing to guarantee EU citizens’ rights, it is protecting British people living in the EU – is […]

The Brexit white paper makes some very questionable claims about immigration

The white paper on Brexit suggested that the EU’s “free movement of people” has made it impossible to control immigration. This seems to rest on an assumption that EU citizens can “move and reside freely” in any member state. Zsolt Darvas finds these arguments problematic, and points out that it is difficult to infer public opinion about immigration from the […]

February 13th, 2017|Featured, Migration|5 Comments|
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    Higher education staff and students should support the One Day Without Us protest

Higher education staff and students should support the One Day Without Us protest

The 20th of February marks the annual United Nations World Day of Social Justice. This year, however, it also marks the One Day Without Us National Protest; a day of action which invites migrants in the UK to absent themselves from the activities they normally engage in, and aims to celebrate their contributions and counter their vilification and stigmatisation. […]

Eric Kaufmann: ‘What does it mean to be white British in an age of large-scale migration?’

As Donald Trump announces one outrageous policy after another, and with continuing uncertainty about the UK’s future post-Brexit, Eric Kaufmann discusses the factors that led people to back populist rhetorics with LSE blog editors Chris Gilson and Artemis Photiadou.
Recent developments in Western politics – the most recent being the US travel ban – seem to come from an opposite universe, in […]

The university challenge: what would an Intelligent Brexit look like?


The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit. Time is short, write Anne Corbett (left) and Claire Gordon, and universities need to make the case for an ‘Intelligent Brexit’ […]

‘They can move’ – or can they? Freedom of movement, Brexit and working-class stasis

Freedom of movement is a central pillar of the European Union – and the one that British voters rejected in the referendum. Sophie Moullin argues that we need to recognise why some people – particularly the white working-class – do not want to move, and resent being told that EU migrants work harder than they do. But this instinct […]

No longer welcome: the EU academics in Britain told to ‘make arrangements to leave’

Some EU citizens living in Britain who decided to seek permanent residency after the Brexit vote are being told to make arrangements to leave. A number of these people are among the 31,000 EU academics currently working in UK universities. Colin Talbot says many are alarmed and some have already decided to leave – putting the expertise of Britain’s universities […]

Can the media make us more welcoming towards migrants?

Is the European media reflecting the “refugee crisis”, or helping to create it? This is the question posed by Myria Georgiou, who analyses how newspapers in nine European countries covered the crisis in 2015. She argues the media should be more proactive in helping us understand the complex issues surrounding migration.

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Let local communities decide how much immigration they want

Theresa May has a vision for a “shared society”. Yet the Brexit vote revealed that large sections of the population have a vision for an old order.  The government’s immigration policy is therefore critical, argues Tony Hockley. He sees Brexit as an opportunity to devolve immigration decisions to the local level, and draws on the Conservative Party’s history to suggest […]