Independent report

Impact of migration on access to housing and the housing market

The London School of Economics' report on the possible impact of tier 1 and tier 2 migrants on the market for housing and access to that market.


Migration Advisory Committee research project: provision of public services

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The London School of Economics was asked to improve the existing evidence base on how the housing market and access to housing are affected by:

  • the total inflow of migrants into the UK
  • ‘economic’ migrants from outside the European Economic Area 1, specifically those covered by tiers 1 and 2 of the current points-based system

The emphasis of this research is on the effects on the housing market of economic migrants from outside the EEA, rather than on effects of more general migration from within the EEA or of refugees and asylum seekers from outside the EEA.

The main issues addressed in this report are:

  • the levels of demand from tiers 1 and 2 migrants for the 3 main sectors of the housing market (owner-occupation, private renting and social housing), especially those in regions and localities where such migrants are concentrated
  • the impacts of this demand on prices, additions to supply, and availability of housing in these sectors
  • how migrants’ demand differs from that of UK residents and how it affects the access of existing residents to housing
Published 1 December 2011