Beyond the numbers: How do we create place and identity for all?
Will Brexit have a dramatic impact on the economic potential and vibrancy of our cities?
With the UK voting to leave the EU, it is no secret that there are planned changes in how immigration is managed across the country. A key element of the campaign to leave the EU was to gain full control of our borders, with a view of allowing less EU immigration. However, with predictably less Europeans allowed to work in our cities without applying to do so, will this impact both the economic potential and the vibrancy of our cities?
In the short term, the impacts may be small, as EU migrants currently in the country are unlikely to be deported. However, over a significant number of years, the impacts could be keenly felt. As non-UK nationals leave the UK, and UK nationals have less opportunity to live abroad, this is likely to result in a significant reduction of cultural and ethnic diversity caused by reduced free movement of people. Read more »