Youth Mobility Scheme: The Panacea for Ending Free Movement?

Publication date: 25 Apr 2019 | Publication type: National Institute Economic Review | Theme: Employment & Social policy, Exiting the EU & Britain after Brexit | External Author(s): Consterdine, E | JEL Classification: F22, J08 | Journal: National Institute Economic Review Issue 248 | Publisher: Sage Publications, London

Free movement has been at the heart of the Brexit debate, with the government grappling between satisfying public and business demands for restrictive and liberal approaches to immigration respectively. In response the government have advocated temporary migration as a potential solution, including an expanded UK-EU Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) modelled on the current T5 YMS on the assumption that YMS migrants undertake low-skilled jobs. Little is known about this visa or the labour market activity of YMS migrants. Drawing on policy analysis alongside survey and interview data from Australian YMS migrants, this paper seeks to bridge some of these knowledge gaps, arguing that an expanded EU YMS will not attract significant EU migrants, and is far from a remedy for free movement ending.

Keyword tags: 
youth mobility scheme
temporary immigration
labour market
UK immigration policy