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Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva and Dr Cinzia Rienzo from the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society have explored the effects of restricting non-EEA migration, primarily focusing on high-skilled migrant workers. They studied the impact of restrictions on overall high-skilled migration to the UK, on the inflow of high-skilled workers from the EEA, and on the high-skills component of the recent migrant workforce in the UK.

Migration policy and high skilled migrants

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Net migration to the UK reached the all-time high of 336,000 in November 2015, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. This is more than three times higher than the UK Government’s target of fewer than 100,000 per year for net migration (ie, the amount remaining once emigration has been subtracted).

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