Moved to care: the impact of migration on the adult social care workforce

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Franklin, Ben; Brancati, Cesira Urzi
International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
1 November 2015
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report outlines key findings from new research, conducted by the International Longevity Centre UK and Independent Age, into the importance of migration to the adult social care workforce in England.

Despite a growing body of literature and speculation about the future of adult social care on the one hand, and the socioeconomic implications of migration on the other, there has been little informed discussion about the role of migrants in the delivery of care, and how this might evolve over future decades.

This report therefore focuses its attention on four critical areas:

  • The current role of migrants within the care workforce.
  • The reasons why migrant care workers are in demand.
  • The potential impact of public policy on the ability of the care workforce to meet demand over the long term.
  • Recommendations about what different stakeholders can do to ensure the workforce is able to meet future demand.

This report concludes by offering a set of recommendations which are intended to address both the time-sensitive challenges facing the adult social care workforce and sector, and the bigger long-term strategic challenges which are likely to take longer to resolve.

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