Immigration Policy - Main Points

The below summary was last updated December 2017

  • Citizens of European Union countries currently enjoy ‘free movement’ rights within the EU giving them the right to live and work in the UK.
  • Free movement should come to an end when Britain leaves the EU and EU workers should be required to obtain work permits, as is currently required of non-EU migrants.
  • Non-EU citizens have to meet criteria set out by the UK government in order to enter, work, study or settle in the UK.
  • Net migration to the UK is currently just under 250,000, nearly half from the EU.
  • Most non-EU immigrants arrive for study, followed by work and family.

Immigration Policy Research


Over the 23 years that Migration Watch UK has been working in this field we have produced many papers.

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