Independent Age has produced a report on “Brexit and the future of migrants in the social care
workforce” which reviews future workforce shortages in adult social care in England to take account
of the EU referendum result.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the proportion of European migrants
in the social care workforce. In the first part of 2016 alone, over 80% of all migrant care workers
who moved to England to take on a social care role were from Europe. Any restrictions to the
migration of European citizens would likely reduce the overall number of workers in the social care
sector, making it even harder to recruit and retain the necessary numbers of staff.
You can read the full report or an Executive Summary here.
The full report points out that Greater London is particularly reliant on migrant care workers with
nearly 3 in 5 of its social care workforce (59%) born abroad. This figure includes migrants from
outside the European Union.