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Did the early A8 in-migrants to England go to areas of labour shortage?

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Mike Coombes, Dr Simon Raybould



This paper analyses the local incidence across England of migration flows from the eight Accession (A8) countries of east and central Europe immediately following the 2004 expansion of the European Union. It examines not only the total inflow of A8 migrants but also the three largest nationality groups, as well as three large groups defined by the type of job they gained. The distributions of these migrant groups are related to labour market conditions to see how far migrants were attracted to areas with tight labour supply. Migrant group distributions are modelled to take into account other potential drivers such as the patterns of earlier migrant populations. Datasets on the A8 migrants have limitations, and these are noted because policy development may be hindered as a result.

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Author(s): Coombes MG, Champion T, Raybould SR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Economy

Year: 2007

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 335-348

Date deposited: 13/10/2011

ISSN (print): 0269-0942

ISSN (electronic): 1470-9325


DOI: 10.1080/02690940701736736


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