In this video we look at reforms to the UK’s immigration system following our exit from the European Union
Net migration figures of the United Kingdom from 1980 to 2019 (in 1,000s)
First, some important context on the scale of emigration (outward movement) and immigration (inward movement) in the UK. As our chart shows, over the last forty years there has been a significant rise in both emigration and immigration. Net migration is the balance between the two figures, and it reached an annual peak of 343,000 in 2015, just a year before the EU referendum. Since then, net migration has declined dropping to 226,000 in 2019 according to the most recent data.
Net migration figures of the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2019 (in 1,000s), by citizenship
There has been a steep drop in net migration into the UK from other EU countries in the years since there referendum. Indeed the figure in 2019 (59,000) was lower than the level in 2008 (63,000) in the year of the Global Financial Crisis. This context is important. Net migration from the EU has been dropping for some time. Will it continue under the new points-based system favoured by the Home Office?
Pressure from the Home Office on UK Employers
“UK businesses will need to adapt and adjust to the end of free movement, and we will not seek to recreate the outcomes from free movement within the points-based system. As such, it is important that employers move away from a reliance on the UK’s immigration system as an alternative to investment in staff retention, productivity, and wider investment in technology and automation.”
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