What would UK immigration policy look like after Brexit?

9 June 2016

In the debate over the UK’s membership of the European Union, the question of how EU exit could affect migration levels has been a major point of contention. One of the main reasons for this is that it is simply not possible to know exactly how a vote to leave the EU would affect migration to the UK. Migration is inherently difficult to forecast, and – crucially – there is enormous uncertainty about what policies would apply to EU citizens seeking to move to the UK after an EU exit.

This commentary examines some key questions about immigration policy that the UK government would need to address in the event of ‘Leave’ vote on the 23 June.

Commentary has been provided by the Migration Observatory and Compas.

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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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