The Impact Of Immigration Controls On Skilled Migrants


Economics, Employment, European Union, Migration Trends, Policy, Visas/Work Permits

There is no evidence of a negative impact of immigration controls on the availability of skilled migrants.  Less than half the Tier 2 quota has been taken up in the three years since it was introduced.  Nor is there any evidence to link a fall in non-EU skilled migration with an increase from the EU – the so-called “balloon effect”.   The UK recession and the difficulties in the Eurozone are much more likely explanations.  Meanwhile, the proportion of all recent migrants who were highly educated increased from 50% in 2007 to 60% in 2013.  This suggests that immigration policy is pointing in the right direction.

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29th July 2014

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