Proposal for a European Skills Permit

10 September 2018

The Russell Group of universities is proposing a new European Skills Permit to protect the UK’s ability to attract European talent after Brexit. The Permit is designed to boost the country’s knowledge economy at a time when the UK needs to become more competitive.

European Economic Area (EEA) migrants make a huge contribution to the UK’s economy and society. Significant numbers are found across UK industry. At Russell Group universities they account for around a quarter of academics and tens of thousands of students choosing to study here each year. 

The Government has made clear that freedom of movement will end after the UK has left the European Union and the transition period concludes (31 Dec 2020). At this point new immigration arrangements will be required for EEA migrants entering the UK. 

Russell Group proposal for a European Skills Permit



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