As Brexit is almost upon us, our analysis focuses on the EU block as a whole, comparing and contrasting to a number of key non EU countries – India, Canada, Nigeria and Australia. We chose to look at these four non-EU countries as we had also used them in previous reports, to make comparisons easier. Interestingly across all these countries, except India, search demand for jobs in the UK fell throughout 2018.
The report also analyses the Migration White Paper published in December, and considers its long-term effects, as well as looking at the immediate reaction to its suggestions. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the white paper did not receive an overly positive reception – characteristic of a more divided Britain than ever, where very little can be agreed on by anyone, particularly on matters as polarising as immigration.