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COVID-19 and migration in the UK

17 Aug 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a fundamental shock all over the world. Thousands have already lost their lives in the UK alone, and the economic and social impacts have been significant, including on migrants and migration.

Migrant key workers in the UK have been critical in saving lives and keeping the country functioning, and migrants have also been affected by the disease. Migration flows into and out of the UK have been seriously affected and many businesses have faced temporary shut-downs or been forced to close permanently, leaving both local and migrant workers facing profound difficulties.

The set of briefings and analyses listed below all contain at least some consideration of how the Covid-19 crisis has affected migration to and from the UK, migrants themselves, data collection or other aspects of the UK’s migration debate.

Impact of the crisis

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