Past, Present and Future of Immigration

Publication date: 6 Dec 2019 | Publication type: General Election Briefing | NIESR Author(s): Aitken, A; Manzoni, C; Runge, J

Immigration was one of the main issues around the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The outcome of the General Election is likely to determine the design of a future immigration system, with party proposals ranging from the introduction of a post-Brexit “Australian-style” points system, to continuing free movement within the EU. This briefing focuses on:

  • The trends in UK immigration, and data about the migrant population;
  • The economic and social impacts of immigration; and public concerns about immigration;
  • Present and future immigration policy including the different proposals by the main parties.



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