immigration

Migrant entrepreneurship: fuzzy numbers and real impacts

The Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank recently made waves with this report on migrant entrepreneurship. The headlines are striking: 450,000 migrants set up 1 in 7 UK companies, at almost twice the rate of the UK population (17% vs 10%).

Here are some reactions. Overall, this is a welcome piece of work. However, I have some reservations about the numbers. And the report – understandably – doesn’t address some of the big issues where we still need answers.

Is our immigration policy attracting the ‘brightest and best’ entrepreneurs to the UK?

UK immigration policy has been increasingly focused on high-level skills and enterprise, supported by frequent statements about attracting the ‘brightest and best’.

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