Why Brexit won’t reduce immigration to the UK

Politics, Knowledge & Migration

Migration has become one of the most prominent issues in the debate on Britain’smembership of the European Union (EU), indeed some commentators
are suggesting it might determine the outcome of the upcoming Referendum. However, the arguments about how Brexit might influence immigration to the UK are complex, the
debate is often confused, and many of the claims deserve some scrutiny. In this brief, I review the various arguments being put forward in the debate, and consider how remaining or leaving the EU might affect immigration to the UK.

1  Will Brexit exempt the UK from EU provisions on free movement?

One of the main claims of the ‘leave’ campaign is that by leaving the EU, the UK would
be able towithdrawfromprovisions on the free movement ofworkers. However, there are reasons to question whether the UK would be able to withdraw from EU freemovement provisions while retaining full access to the…

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