The Impact of the Recent Migration from Eastern Europe on the UK Economy

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Published on 11 April 2007

External MPC Unit Discussion Paper No. 17

David G. Blanchflower, Jumana Saleheen and Chris Shadforth

The recent rise in migration to the UK from eight EU Accession countries (the Czech Republic; Estonia; Hungary; Latvia; Lithuania; Poland; Slovakia; and Slovenia  the A8 countries) has generated a good deal of controversy. How many A8 immigrants are there in the UK? Where did they come from and when? What impact has their influx had on the UK economy and what likely impacts will they have in the future? Most importantly for the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), what macroeconomic effects have they had? 

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