Why the cap won't fit: global migration realities 2010-2050

Why the cap won't fit: global migration realities 2010-2050
Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
New Economics Foundation
Publisher
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
29 November 2010
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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The report examines forecasted trends in global migration between now and 2050, arguing that the UK will suffer as a result of the Government's cap on non-EU immigrants. Migration is a subject that continues to trouble both politicians and the public, and the issue has become particularly emotive since the recent financial crisis. The announcement of a temporary cap on net migration by the Coalition government in June 2010 is the latest in a series of measures to restrict entry to the UK. The cap, which is due to become permanent in spring 2011, has attracted criticism from sections of the business community, academics, migration NGOs, and think tanks. The criticism has focused primarily on immediate impacts on the economy and, to a lesser extent, on social cohesion. The objective of this report is to bring a longer-term and global perspective to these discussions by considering the major shifts in regional economic power, demographics and the labour market as well as the challenge of climate change between now and 2050. It asks whether, given these dynamics, the cap is a sensible policy measure.

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