Migrant workers and the resilience of the long-term care sector in England

Migrant workers are overrepresented in the long-term care (LTC) sector in England. Being particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, many were unable to work due to travel restrictions or decided to stay in/return to their home country due to fear of infection. Others increased their workload or working hours (similar to British care workers), and the English LTC sector eventually proved remarkably resilient. The UK’s post-Brexit immigration system will limit the recruitment of new migrant care workers and likely exacerbate chronic shortages in LTC.