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COVID-19 and migration in the UK

The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the UK has been huge, affecting the health of the population, the economy, and society – this has, of course, included impacts on migrants and migration.

Migrant key workers in the UK have been critical in saving lives and keeping the country functioning. The disease does not differentiate between ‘migrants’ and ‘non-migrants,’ and lives have been lost and wellbeing devastated in all communities – though certain groups may be placed at higher risk than others because of particular types of work, social interaction or other factors.

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 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.

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