Tier 2 Immigration Cap driving EU Economic Migration?

The latest figures from the CIPD’s Labour Force Survey show that:

  • The number of EU 14 nationals in employment has increased by 12%
  • The number of EU 8 nationals has increased by 25%
  • The number of Australians & New Zealanders in employment has fallen by more than 33%
  • The number of Americans in employment has fallen by 10%
  • The number of UK nationals in employment has increased by 0.7%

The Public Policy Advisor at the CIPD, Gerwyn Davies, said that \”News that net migration has increased comes as no surprise given the recent rise in the number of EU workers in employment in the UK, which is overshadowing a sharp fall in the number from outside the EU. While there are many drivers at play, it is no coincidence that this trend has coincided with the introduction of the temporary cap on non-EU workers, which seems to have opened up more opportunities for EU workers. This is consistent with employers who have said that they would look to the EU to recruit workers to fill vacancies that are sometimes difficult to fill, in response to the cap on non-EU migrant workers.”

“The figures offer further evidence that keeping out skilled non-EU workers won\’t help unemployed people in the UK in the near term, given the recent rise in the number of EU workers who – it should be stressed – have unlimited access to the UK labour market. It could however have real and negative consequences for both business and public sector organisations\”.

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