These charts from the Migration Advisory Committee report (an independent body that advises the government), published yesterday, are interesting. It summarises their conclusions as to what impact EEA immigration (immigration from EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) has had in a wide range of areas of UK life.
We are not going to comment about their slightly bizarre conclusion that “although free movement (from the EEA) does not always cause problems, the MAC would not recommend it as policy for after Brexit”, and we’re not going to link to all the Business groups and professional organisations that reacted with alarm to the report (including the haulage industry, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the CBI and the FSB, the Royal College of Nursing, Wellcome, The Russell Group, The Institute of Directors, British Chamber of Commerce) – there is a summary here – we just like the chart as it shows the largely positive contribution that EEA migrants bring to the UK.
The report considered EEA migration into the UK and you can read the whole report here (these charts are on page 109, actual page 115). If we get chance to read the whole report we’ll provide some more snippets!