Tuesday, May 27, 2014
European Union enlargement and the inflow of workers from new Member States has had a pronounced effect on the UK labor market, with the foreign-born working population expanding by more than 70 percent since 2000. Beginning in 2004, a large influx of labor from Eastern European countries—especially Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania—transformed the country’s immigrant population, public attitudes to immigration, and labor market. A new Migration Policy Institute report, Moving Up the Ladder? Labor Market Outcomes in the United Kingdom amid Rising Immigration, assesses the labor market experiences and integration of these newcomers and their non-EU counterparts, using UK Labour Force Survey data to distinguish between different cohorts based on the year of their arrival.