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Net migration news

June 2012

How are migration trends affecting UK population growth and how has the government responded?

Net migration news

Since 2008, successive UK governments have pledged to ‘get tough’ on migration. Immigration from outside the EU has recently been reduced, following the introduction of an Australian-style ‘point system’. However, the current economic climate in the UK and other parts of the EU (especially Spain, Greece and Italy) has impacted on British migration trends in complex ways. As a result, it is proving hard for the government to keep its promise to cut overall net migration. This case study article also examines how young migrants entering Britain have triggered the first real positive shift in the UK fertility rate for 40 years.


This article can be used or adapted to support:

  • AS-level teaching of migration and UK population change
  • GCSE teaching of population change and migration
  • KS3 teaching of migration to illustrate the concepts of place and interdependency

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