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Britain after Brexit: The surprising surge in skilled migrants

By Federica Cocco, Delphine Strauss

13 Mar 2023 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

Graham Ruddick, editor of Off to Lunch, recommends this Financial Times analysis on post-Brexit migration to the UK, which shows us that the story isn't as negative or straightforward as many assume.

The UK currently has jobs to spare. Ill health, early retirement and population ageing have all helped shrink the workforce, threatening to stunt growth and prolong high inflation, and leaving businesses in many sectors struggling to fill vacancies.

There is one big development acting as a counterweight to these trends, however — an unexpectedly strong bounceback in all forms of migration to the UK, including in the recruitment of overseas workers.

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