The UK Government has commissioned a study into the role EU nationals play in the UK economy and society to help inform the development of the UK’s immigration system .
Migration Advisory Committee
The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been tasked with conducting this study, which will examine the British labour market, the overall role of migration in the wider economy and how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.
The MAC is an independent public body that provides transparent, independent and evidence-based advice to the Government on migration issues.
It has been asked to focus the study on patterns of EU and EEA (European Economic Area) migration, considering regional distribution; skill levels; industry sectors and the role of the self-employed, part-time, agency, temporary and seasonal workers.
Future Immigration System
The Government says that the commission represents an extremely important piece of work, with free movement ending when the UK exits the EU. It is developing plans for the UK’s future immigration system that will enable the Government to control the flow of migration from Europe.
“Leaving the European Union gives us the opportunity to take control of immigration from the EU,” stated Home Secretary Amber Rudd. “We will ensure we continue to attract those who benefit us economically, socially and culturally.”
“But, at the same time, our new immigration system will give us control of the volume of people coming here – giving the public confidence we are applying our own rules on who we want to come to the UK and helping us to bring down net migration to sustainable levels,” she added. ”The study I am asking the Migration Advisory Committee to complete is a major step in ensuring we create a system that works in the best interests of the country.”
The Home Secretary has also said that there will be an implementation period when the UK leaves the EU to ensure there is no ‘cliff edge’ for employers or EU nationals in the UK.
In addition to the MAC commission, there will be an extensive cross-government programme of engagement over the coming months with stakeholders from a number of sectors, including business, industry, trades unions and educational institutions.
Call for Evidence
The Government has set a deadline of September 2018 to report back on the commission. The MAC says it will consider producing interim responses for the Government to ensure the report can support policy development
In the next few weeks the MAC will produce a call for evidence, and will also engage with Government, business, trade unions and other interested parties to ensure a high quality evidence based response to the commission.
“This is an important and extensive commission and the MAC welcome the opportunity to contribute to the UK’s knowledge base in this area at this critical time,” commented Chair of the MAC, Professor Alan Manning. “The MAC will research and analyse the areas covered by the questions using all available data sources, using both internal and external analysts and expertise.”
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