Immigration policy should not become a limiting factor on the economic growth of UK cities.
Immigration does not look set to leave the headlines in the foreseeable future and will be one of the key debates in the build up to the 2015 general election. This briefing revisits the key arguments about the benefits and costs of immigration, and highlights an aspect that is rarely discussed: the fact that immigration is primarily an urban issue.
Cities attract the most immigrants and rely on them as workers: they are a significant proportion of the economically active population. The future of the UK economy relies on the ability of UK cities to stay competitive as global centres of business and innovation. In order to do this they need to attract global talent. It is therefore important that immigration policy does not limit the economic growth of UK cities.
Our policy recommendations: