Post-Brexit immigration policy: Scotland wants to go its own way

Britain does not yet have a post-Brexit immigration policy, and a likely shortage of lower-skilled workers poses a particular challenge. Sarah Kyambi (University of  Edinburgh) looks at how governments try to meet labour shortages and why Scotland is exploring ways to encourage migrants to settle permanently.

Despite the likelihood that free movement will end when the UK leaves the European […]

Migrants are key to productivity gains for countries

For decades, the focus of the economic literature when studying migration was, for the most part, on the impact it has on labour-related outcomes such as wages and unemployment. But these studies have only been able to tell us one side of the story. As is the case with other flows, such as trade and investment, there are many […]

Britain can be a more welcoming society to migrants

It’s not easy being a migrant, and the uncertainty of Brexit and the Windrush scandal only add to the challenge of creating a new home in an unfamiliar place. In this blog, Olivia Darby (Wonder Foundation) sets out the ways in which Britain can create a more welcoming society to migrants post-Brexit.

Within the debates around migration and integration, definitions […]

Switzerland wanted more immigration controls, but economic self-interest will probably prevail

Four years ago the Swiss voted to curb the freedom of movement of people between their country and the EU. Faced with the threat of a breakdown in its bilateral agreements with the EU, the government implemented only minor changes. With a further vote in prospect, Pascal Sciarini (University of Geneva) argues that economic realism is likely to win […]

“No, where are you really from?”: Being a UK citizen of colour living in the EU27

To be recognised as British abroad while also being a person of colour means answering uncomfortable questions about where you are really from. Since November 2017, Chantelle Lewis (Goldsmiths, University of London) has been interviewing UK citizens of colour who permanently reside within the EU27, as part of the UK in a Changing Europe (ESRC) funded project Brexit Brits Abroad. Brexit as a […]

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    Taking back control? The impact of Brexit on the immigration of third country nationals and asylum seekers

Taking back control? The impact of Brexit on the immigration of third country nationals and asylum seekers

Natascha Zaun (LSE), reflects upon the situation for third-country nationals, especially asylum seekers, wishing to come to the UK whilst it is part of the EU. Focusing on policies such as the Dublin Regulation, she asks how the situation could change after Brexit, and argues that the UK has more control over third-country migration than Brexit campaigners imply. 

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EU professional migration to the UK is down 26 per cent

EU professional migration to the UK is down 26 per cent. The latest LinkedIn Workforce Report reveals that since the Brexit referendum the flow of talent has reversed, the UK is losing talent to the EU, and other potential sources of skills are not filling the gap. What does this mean for professionals, businesses and policymakers? In this post, Joshua Graff  (LinkedIn) writes […]

London borough elections give voice to migrant voters

English local elections on 3 May take place as migrants might be finding a less divided political voice than at any time since the vote in favour of leaving the European Union. In particular, London borough elections are set to give greater voice to migrant voters than ever before, argues Joachim Wehner (LSE). 

The Brexit referendum created deep uncertainty about the […]

What will happen to health and social care for British pensioners living in the EU27?

In an extract from Next Steps: Implementing a Brexit deal for UK citizens living in the EU-27, Meghan Benton (left), Aliyyah Ahad, Michaela Benson (right), Katherine Collins, Helen McCarthy, and Karen O’Reilly (Migration Policy Institute) explain how access for Britons who use health, benefits and social care systems in the EU27 will change after Brexit. In Spain – where many elderly Britons […]

The Windrush Generation have been treated appallingly. EU migrants may expect an even worse deal

The treatment of the ‘Windrush Generation’ has been appalling. Yet, argues Matthew Grant (University of Essex), it reflects the government’s policy of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for people who lack documentation in the UK. And while the plight of Windrush immigrants has generated sympathy even from people who normally oppose immigration, there is little chance that migrants from the […]