Do Migrants Take Away Jobs?

Do Migrants Take Away Jobs?


Many people think that migrants take jobs away from citizens, reduce wages or both. But you may also have heard the argument that immigrants benefit the economy because they take risks and start businesses. So, who’s right?

We took this question to Alan Manning, Professor of Economics at LSE. In three short videos, Alan explains how migration affects your job prospects, presents the data from the UK and the world, and gives insights on managing migration in light of this evidence.

Will a migrant take your job? (Part 1)

Will a migrant take your job? (Part 2)

Alan's thoughts on migration policy

Recommended Reading

Read the full report on how immigration has affected the UK labour market between 1995-2014 from LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance. We’ve based our “strawberry explainer” on pages 8 and 9 of the report.

Some relevant media links: The National Farmers’ Union warns about shortages of British strawberries after Brexit; why berry pickers in one US state are asking you not to buy them; and here is what a US product aisle looks like to a farmworker.

Alan Manning

Alan is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Director of the Community Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE. His research generally covers labour markets, with a focus on imperfect competition (monopsony), minimum wages, job polarisation, immigration, and gender. On immigration, his interests expand beyond the economy to issues such as social housing, minority groups, and identity. Alan holds a DPhil in Economics from Oxford University. For more on Alan’s work, visit his personal website.

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