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No free hit in ending free movement

We could all end up paying

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European workers aren’t just fruit-pickers and baristas

“Leave” campaigners claim that Brexit would curb “low-skilled immigration.” But most migrants from the European Union aren’t in low-skilled jobs. Indeed, migrants from “old” Europe—before the eastward expansion—are actually more likely than Brits to be in high-skilled jobs, while even for the most recent joiners, Bulgaria and Romania, less than a third are classed as being in low-skill posts. Overall, and just like Brits, most EU migrants work in middle-tier jobs—ranging from butchers to lab technicians. If we do curb migration by ending free movement, we’ll exclude many people doing productive, middle-income jobs: the sort of people you might think our economy needs.

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In Prospect’s September issue: Emily Andrews, Andrew Brown and Tom Clark assess what the reign of King Charles might look like. Andrews profiles Charles and questions whether he will be able to keep his opinions to himself. Andrew Brown look at the coronation—the world is a very different place now from when the last one took place. Tom Clark explains the results of our poll, conducted by ICM, into people’s view on Charles taking the throne—it turns out fewer people than ever before want the heir to become our monarch. Elsewhere in the issue Nick Cohen details his battle with the bottle and shows that Britain has a problem with drink that it doesn’t want to talk about, and Toni Morrison Also in this issue: Toni Morrison on America’s stubborn race divide, Brian Klaas on how Europe should deal with Trump and Jessica Abrahams explains everything you need to know about fourth wave feminism
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