GLA Economics. (2009). Economic impact on the London and UK economy of an earned regularisation of irregular migrants to the UK,

Citation: GLA Economics (2009). Economic impact on the London and UK economy of an earned regularisation of irregular migrants to the UK, London: Greater London Authority

Description (excerpt from the report): "The GLA has stated it wishes to explore the proposition of an earned regularisation scheme for irregular migrants in the UK. The context for this initiative includes: ongoing changes in immigration legislation which introduce a points system limiting entry in relation to skill shortages; increased emphasis on more rapid processing of asylum requests; stronger implementation of removal powers; and improved border controls. At the same time the government is separately looking to introduce a more transparent path to earned citizenship, which would set out what is required of potential citizens and would limit benefits until full citizenship is achieved. The report 2. This study was commissioned to provide an appraisal of the likely economic impacts, within London and across the UK as a whole, of this model of earned regularisation for irregular migrants who have been in the country for at least five years. The report includes four main sections: • An estimate of the numbers of irregular migrants in the UK and in London and the proportion who might be eligible for regularisation; • A discussion of the factors to take into account when designing a scheme; • An assessment of the impacts of regularisation on social welfare through its potential effects on migrants’ engagement with the labour market, the housing market, neighbourhoods and social cohesion; and • An estimate of the fiscal impacts from increased tax revenues on the one hand and increased costs of public services and financial support on the other" 


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