This chapter outlines the extent to which migrant workers have been recruited to meet longstanding recruitment problems in the social care workforce. It describes the importance of social care to the UK economy and explains how demographic changes and the increasingly blurred boundaries between health and social care have led to increased demand for social care services, with an attendant need for more workers. However, employers have struggled to attract enough staff. For the past ten years, this shortfall has to some extent been met by substantial increases in the proportion of migrant workers, most notably from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The chapter ends by outlining reasons why this trend may not be sustainable in the long term.
Keywords: United Kingdom; migration; social policy; immigration policy; welfare state; social care; social services; employment; training
Chapter. 12909 words.
Subjects: Economic Development and Growth
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