Measuring the benefits of integration – The value of tackling skills underutilisation
A new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) provides evidence on the potential benefits of utilising migrants’ untapped skills to the UK economy. The report highlights how the UK could make far better use of migrants’ skills, experiences and qualifications.
According to estimates in the report, addressing over-qualification could add around £7 billion to the UK’s annual economic output. The report outlines the economic case for a new programme of investment in labour market integration—including in English language proficiency, which the research suggests is associated with poor labour market outcomes such as over-qualification.
The report highlights the forthcoming spending review as an opportunity for the government to set out wide-ranging commitments for integration funding. The report concludes that if the ‘government is committed to tackling inequalities in our labour market, to maximising the contribution of migrants, and to facilitating greater social contact between communities, then this funding settlement will be a critical step in bringing its integration ambitions into reality’.