Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for UK immigration policy - routes to migration, access to skills and priorities for enforcement

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Central London


The seminar focuses on the future of the UK’s immigration policy following the publication of the Government’s white paper.

Delegates will discuss the impact of the proposals which include ending the current cap on the number of skilled workers, the launch of a consultation on a minimum salary requirement of £30,000 for skilled migrants seeking five year visas, and aligning rules for non-EEA and EEA migrants - including students - under a single system.

They will also assess  the impact on particular sectors such as social care, construction and agriculture as government asks the Migration Advisory Committee to review the Shortage Occupation List (reporting in Spring 2019) - including the challenges for businesses and workers in adapting to the proposed set of time-limited 12-month visa schemes.

Further sessions consider the priorities for border control and tackling illegal migration post-Brexit, including applying stricter criminality thresholds on refusal of entry and removals, how to address concerns over the UK’s potential withdrawal from the Schengen Information System and building new partnerships with EU nations to ensure that illegal immigration is tackled effectively. There will also be discussion on immigration detention as the Joint Committee on Human Rights carries out its inquiry looking at whether the current framework is sufficient in ensuring people are not detained wrongly, and if current conditions and practices protect human rights. 

Keynote Speaker

Madeleine Sumption

Director, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford and Member, Migration Advisory Committee

Keynote Speakers

Madeleine Sumption

Director, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford and Member, Migration Advisory Committee

Glyn Williams

Director General, Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Systems Policy and Strategy Group, Home Office


Baroness Sally Hamwee

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Home Affairs


Nicolas Rollason

Partner and Head, Business Immigration, Kingsley Napley

John Vine

Associate, Law Enforcement, Global Business Services, IBM and former Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Home Office

Jay Lindop

Director, Centre for International Migration, ONS

Dr Hollie Chandler

Senior Policy Analyst, The Russell Group

Lucy Moreton

General Secretary, ISU

Neil Anderson

Executive Director, Migration Watch