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A Points-Based Immigration System for the UK?


Nathan Rasquinet

London School of Economics and Political Science, GB; The University of Tokyo, JP
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Master in Public Policy, Class of 2017
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As the UK is scheduled to leave the EU in 2019, an issue of increasing contentiousness in the Brexit negotiations is the fate of European migrants and provisions for free movement across EU borders. This paper draws on a variety of academic and media sources to set out the economic migration policy goals of the UK, Canada, and Australia and compares them to determine the best policy choice for a post-Brexit UK. The current ‘hybrid’ points-based system suffers from important draw-backs. This paper argues that a more feasible solution would be to reform the current ‘hybrid’ system by drawing on the advantages of a work-permit system and of the points-based systems. Modifications to the system to incorporate points for job offers and a ‘cap-and-queue’ waiting list system ensure that the supply of skills matches demand without over reliance on business interests, while the ‘cap-and-queue’ allows for control of numbers. Moreover, the transparency of such systems make them easy to understand with low policy adaptation costs.

How to Cite: Rasquinet, N., 2018. A Points-Based Immigration System for the UK?. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 6(1), pp.89–116.
Published on 01 Jan 2018.
Peer Reviewed


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