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Why ending freedom of movement could cost us all

Contrary to the popular myth, European workers aren't just baristas and fruit-pickers

Source: Author’s calculations based on ONS data

When we talk about ending freedom of movement, commentators tend to joke about workers leaving posh coffee shops, or fields of fruit going unpicked. But these stereotypes ignore the real cost. For this month’s Speed Data, Jonathan Portes explores why ending freedom of movement could affect us all.

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European workers aren’t just fruit-pickers and baristas

Source: Author’s calculations based on ONS data

“Leave” campaigners claim that Brexit would curb “low-skilled immigration.” But most migrants from the European Union aren’t…

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