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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Immigration?
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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Immigration?

  • Jonathan Portes - National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), UK


June 2019 | 137 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Immigration? Is part of a new book series offering short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media.

In this book, Professor Jonathan Portes examines the subject of immigration, providing readers with a short history of immigration in the UK, followed by a detailed discussion of ‘What We Know’ about the economic and social impact of immigration.

Portes addresses commonly asked questions such as:

  • Does immigration reduce job opportunities for those born in the UK, or push down wages? 
  • What is the impact of immigration on the public finances and public services? 
  • What has the impact of free movement of people been, both in the UK and the rest of the EU?

The author concludes by suggesting ‘What We Should Do” about immigration, investigating what a post-Brexit immigration system should look like, and what – if anything – do we need to promote integration?

Intended for anyone seeking a quick and authoritative understanding of immigration in the UK.

 
1. Introduction
 
Background
 
3. What Do We Know About Immigration: Economics
 
4. What Do We Know: About Immigration Beyond Economics
 
5. What Should We Do About Immigration
 
6. Conclusion
 
Appendix A: The East African Asians
 
Appendix B: Emigration - The Impacts on Countries of Origin
 
Appendix C: Free Movement in the EU

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