A brave new world: how reduced migration could affect earnings, employment and the labour market

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Clarke, Stephen; D’Arcy, Conor
Resolution Foundation
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16 August 2016
People management: all aspects of managing people, Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
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In the wake of the vote to leave the European Union it seems likely that the UK will adopt a new immigration regime, moving away from the current free movement of people within the EU and possibly extending the current points-based-system that applies to those outside the European Union.

While we don’t yet know what this new system will look like, it is fair to assume that it will place greater restrictions on immigration – in part as a way of moving towards the government’s renewed manifesto promise of bringing net migration down to tens of thousands by 2020, but also to allow more skilled migrants in at the expense of unskilled ones.

This note investigates the labour market effects of migration.

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