The impact of migration on productivity and training

18 September 2018

This paper, prepared for the Migration Advisory Committee to inform their report on post-Brexit immigration policy, investigates the relationship between migration and productivity and training in the UK.

Our results suggest that immigration has a positive and significant impact (in both the statistical sense and more broadly) on productivity, as measured at a geographical level; this appears to be driven by higher-skilled workers.

The results for training are less clear, but suggest that higher-skilled immigration may have a positive impact on the  training of native workers. We discuss the implications for post-Brexit immigration policy.

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The views expressed in this research paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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