COVID-19 and the post-Brexit immigration system

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased public awareness of the extent to which society - from farms to care homes - relies on the availability of a low-wage workforce. Delivery drivers, food producers, and supermarket staff have all been recognised as ‘key’ workers, but many of those lower-waged occupations, which have been acknowledged as essential in the crisis, are heavily dependent on migrant workers.

With the UK on the verge of shifting to a new immigration system when the Brexit transition period comes to an end, Carlos Vargas-Silva, Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), explores if - and how - future immigration policy should take account of the lessons from the pandemic, in a new post for the Oxford Arts Blog.

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