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Who Needs Migrant Workers?: Labour shortages, immigration, and public policy

Martin Ruhs and Bridget Anderson


This book discusses the demand for migrant labour both conceptually and empirically with a focus on the UK. With the number of migrant workers at a record high, the regulation of labour immigration is one of the most controversial public policy issues in high‐income countries. A central question in these debates is how to link the admission of migrant workers to the ‘needs’ of the domestic labour market and national economy more generally. What these needs are, how they vary across sectors and occupations, and how they change during periods of economic growth and crisis are highly contested. A ... More

Keywords: labour shortages, immigration, public policy, economic downturn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Ruhs, editor
Senior Economist, Centre on Migration, Policy & Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK

Bridget Anderson, editor
Senior Researcher, Centre on Migration, Policy & Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK