Immigration, Brexit, and the UK labor market: Lessons for the US

Jonathan Portes (King's College London)

Speaking at a PIIE event on immigration issues, Jonathan Portes drew lessons for US immigration policies from the UK experience with Brexit. EU migration to the United Kingdom has fallen sharply since 2016, and the decline accelerated during the pandemic, Portes noted, whereas non-EU migration for work and study has increased. Recent UK employment and GDP growth has been primarily driven by immigration. Tighter migration restrictions make it harder to fund and staff public services, he asserted.

His presentation is available here.