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Article 50 and Migration: New Migration Observatory “Explainer” Published

22 Mar 2017

A new “explainer” commentary from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford is published today, pulling together and updating several pieces of analysis considering how triggering Article 50 may affect migration to and from the UK, UK labour markets and policy making.

The commentary – Article 50: Shades of Grey or Black and White? – provides:

  • Latest data on the numbers of EU nationals and EU- born people living in the UK, and their main countries of origin.
  • Latest data on the numbers of UK nationals living in other EU countries – and their countries of residence.
  • Clear and up-to-date analysis of the role of EU migrants in the UK labour market, organised by by sector and occupation
  • An outline of what is known about the impact of Brexit on the rights of EU migrants in the UK and UK migrants in the EU
  • An outline of what we know about the impacts of the Brexit vote on migration flows.
  • An explanation of how post-Brexit immigration policies are expected to operate.

The commentary is designed as a one-stop-shop to quickly inform debates about the Brexit process and migration. Each section of the commentary links to more detailed analytical pieces for more in-depth reading.

Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva, Acting Director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said: “Even as we prepare to trigger Article 50, and begin a political process that leads to the UK leaving the EU, it remains unclear how this will affect EU migration to and from the UK, EU nationals living in the UK and British nationals living in the EU. There are no clear answers to these questions yet, but understanding the numbers and processes at least lets us grasp the potential scale of the tasks the government faces, and their potential impacts.”


For further information contact:

Rob McNeil, Head of Media and Communications, The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.
e: robert.mcneil@compas.ox.ac.uk; Tel: 01865 274568; Mob: 07500 970081

Notes for editors:

About the Migration Observatory

• Based at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, the Migration Observatory provides independent, authoritative, evidence-based analysis of data on migration and migrants in the UK, to inform media, public and policy debates, and to generate high quality research on international migration and public policy issues. The Observatory’s analysis involves experts from a wide range of disciplines and departments at the University of Oxford.
• The Migration Observatory is funded by: the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, and has also received support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
• The Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford conducts high quality research in order to develop theory and knowledge, inform policy-making and public debate, and engage users of research within the field of migration. For further details see the COMPAS website: www.compas.ox.ac.uk/.

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