Immigration after Brexit: what should post brexit immigration policy look like

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Goodhart, David
Policy Exchange
Date of publication
31 January 2018
Social Policy, Minority Groups, Employment
Social welfare
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In this paper David Goodhart, Policy Exchange’s Head of Demography, argues that a post-Brexit immigration system should clamp down on low-skilled EU immigration, but adopt a lighter-touch approach for students and professionals.

As Britain considers its long-term immigration needs, there is scope to maintain a high level of continuity for groups such as EU students and tourists. There should be a customised ‘light touch’ work permit system for EU professionals and — as Britain weans itself off low-skilled migration — there should be priority for low skilled workers ready to work antisocial hours, thereby acting more as complements than direct competitors to the British workforce.

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