Immigration after Brexit

Publication type: National Institute Economic Review | Publication date: 2 Nov 2016 | Theme: UK, Europe and devolution | NIESR Author(s): Portes, J | JEL Classification: F22, J61, N34 | Journal: National Institute Economic Review Issue 238 | Publisher: Sage Publications, London

This paper examines the short and long-term impacts of the UK referendum on migration flows and migration policy. Even in the short term – before any policy change – the vote will affect migration flows directly and indirectly through both economic and other channels. Post Brexit, two key issues will need to be addressed. Will the UK preserve a substantial measure of preference for EU citizens in any new system? And will policy tilt in a liberal or restrictive direction?

Keyword tags: 
immigration
free movement
European Union

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