Addressing Post-Brexit Talent Shortages: Lessons from the UAE’s Immigration System

Zabe Khan
4 min readJun 22, 2023
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As the United Kingdom navigates the challenges presented by its post-Brexit era, it must carefully consider how to address talent shortages across various industries. While the UK has traditionally been known for attracting international talent, Brexit and the subsequent changes to immigration policies have raised concerns about the country’s ability to retain its position as a global hub of innovation and economic growth. This article explores the United Arab Emirates (UAE) immigration system as a potential model for the UK to adopt, emphasising the economic benefits that the free movement of people has brought to the UAE.

The UAE’s Success Story

The UAE has witnessed remarkable economic growth over the past few decades, transforming itself into a vibrant business and trade hub. Central to its success has been the UAE’s ability to attract talent worldwide, creating a diverse and skilled workforce. By adopting an immigration system that encourages the inflow of foreign talent, the UAE has built an ecosystem where companies thrive and raise standards, subsequently contributing to the overall growth of its economy. It has recently gone further by introducing the UAE Golden visa system to attract high-potential talent to the country over a long period.

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Zabe Khan

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