All change

Think tank: The Henry Jackson Society

Author(s): Helena Ivanov

April 19, 2022

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society looks at the impact of government policy on migration composition and social cohesion.

Our latest report finds that the nature of immigration to the UK is changing following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, with fewer European immigrants and far more from India, China, and Nigeria. We discovered that there has been a significant drop in EU citizens coming to the UK – with 2020 seeing the first instance of negative net migration from the EU in 30 years – and an increase in non-EU migrants arriving. Whilst these changes have been altered by the Covid-19 pandemic, there remains a clear pattern. Following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, EU migrants must now achieve the same thresholds to come to the UK as non-EU migrants. They must have an approved job offer, speak English, and be due to earn at least £25,600. For roles in education and healthcare the salary threshold is lower at £20,480.