Barriers for highly qualified A8 immigrants in the UK labour market

Sirkeci, Ibrahim, Acik, Necla ORCID:, Saunders, Bradley and Přívara, Andrej (2018) Barriers for highly qualified A8 immigrants in the UK labour market. Work, Employment and Society, 32 (5) . pp. 906-924. ISSN 0950-0170 (doi:10.1177/0950017017726912)

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The number of migrants arriving in the UK from the EU accession countries has been higher than projected. The evidence indicates that they have been over-represented in low-paid and low-skilled jobs. This is arguably transitory and there should be good prospects of upward mobility. Over-qualification among A8 migrants, measured using the Annual Population Survey data, is examined in this article. The findings show that A8 migrants have been subject to migration penalties at the high end of the UK labour market. There are persistent labour market disadvantages for A8 migrants in the UK and their over-qualification may be a long-term concern.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 28572
Notes on copyright: Sirkeci, I., Acik, N., Saunders, B., & Přívara, A. (2018). Barriers for Highly Qualified A8 Immigrants in the UK Labour Market. Work, Employment and Society, 32(5), 906–924.. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). DOI:
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Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 10:40
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 05:00

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