Jonathan Portes

What would UK immigration policy look like after Brexit?

What impact would Britain leaving the EU have on UK immigration policy? Jonathan Portes writes that exiting the EU would not be a magic solution to immigration problems. For a start, the UK would have to accept an exit from the single market and make alternative plans. He argues that difficult policy questions would still remain, as recent data […]

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    A comprehensive look at the Coalition Government’s record on immigration

A comprehensive look at the Coalition Government’s record on immigration

In this article, Jonathan Portes examines the Coalition Government’s record on immigration, looking at each of the main routes for those coming to the UK from outside the European Economics Area (EEA): for work, for study, for family formation or reunion, and for asylum, as well as policies relating to free movement within the EEA. The next government, regardless of its political […]

The UK should have waited to enforce austerity

Jonathan Portes and John van Reenen pick apart the arguments used to intially justify austerity policies and argue that delayed fiscal consolidation would have been a far better policy than immediate cuts.   When Britain’s coalition government announced its plan for aggressive fiscal consolidation on taking office in May 2010, three key arguments were advanced by its supporters. The first was that there […]