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Immigration, the European union and the UK labour market

Wadsworth, Jonathan (2014) Immigration, the European union and the UK labour market. CEP Policy Analysis (CEPPA015). The London School of Economics and Political Science, Center of Economic Performance, London, UK.

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Abstract

During periods of strong economic growth, migration is and has always been important for filling gaps in the labour market. On balance, the evidence for the UK labour market suggests that fears about adverse consequences of rising immigration in general and EU immigration in particular have still not, on average, materialised. It is hard to find evidence of much displacement of UK workers or lower wages, on average. Immigrants, especially in recent years, tend to be younger and better educated than the UK-born and less likely to be unemployed. Future migration trends will, as ever, depend on relative economic performance and opportunity. But we still need to know more about the effects of rising immigration beyond the labour market in such areas as prices, health, crime and welfare.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J44 - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 14:58
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57984

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