Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Where next for UK immigration policy?

Morning, Thursday, 15th March 2018

Central London


Delegates at this seminar will consider the future for the UK’s immigration framework.

The discussion is scheduled to facilitate engagement on Government’s forthcoming Immigration Bill, which is expected to repeal EU law on immigration, and allow the Government to make the migration of EU nationals subject to relevant UK law once the UK has left the EU. It also comes as the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) develops its report on the impact of Brexit on the UK labour market, and how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.

Sessions will focus on the future regulation of both EU and non-EU migration - with perspectives on how an evolving framework can effectively govern work, student and family routes, and options for adjusting the exiting points-based tiered system for non EEA applicants. Delegates will consider the challenges and opportunities that reform will pose for maintaining the UK’s economic growth and international competitiveness in key sectors, and will also look at options for addressing the pressures that immigration can place on communities and local services - particularly following the first allocations of the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund. Further sessions will bring out latest thinking on addressing irregular migration flows, and challenges ahead for UK border control in a post-Brexit landscape - particularly in in the context of Europe’s ongoing migration crisis.

This conference will bring together policymakers with a range of stakeholders, including universities, colleges, business groups, local authority representatives, embassies, charities, legal practitioners and academics, as well as reporters from national and trade press.

Guests of Honour

Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP

Minister for International Development and Europe, The Scottish Government

Guests of Honour

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP

Minister for International Development and Europe, The Scottish Government

Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Keynote Speaker

Professor Jonathan Wadsworth

Senior Research Fellow - Labour Markets, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science and former Member, Migration Advisory Committee


Kate Green MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration


Alp Mehmet

Vice Chairman, Migration Watch UK

Satbir Singh

Chief Executive, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Sarah Stevens

Head of Policy, The Russell Group

Jurga McCluskey

Partner, Head of Immigration, Deloitte

David Wood

former Director General, Immigration Enforcement and Executive Director, BGS

Steven Woolfe MEP

Louise Gooch

Policy Officer, Strategic Migration Partnership, East of England Local Government Association

Phoebe Griffith

Associate Director for Migration, Integration and Communities, Institute for Public Policy Research