Delegates at this seminar considered the future for the UK’s immigration framework.
The discussion was scheduled as the Government developed its white paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, and as stakeholders consider priorities for the forthcoming Immigration Bill - which is expected to repeal EU law on immigration. 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 focused 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 existing points-based tiered system for non EEA applicants. Delegates considered the challenges and opportunities that reform will pose for maintaining the UK’s economic growth and international competitiveness in key sectors, and also looked at options for addressing the pressures that immigration can place on communities and local services - particularly following further allocations of the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund.
The seminar also followed the publication of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s reports on Immigration policy and Home Office delivery of Brexit, which highlighted issues around trust and confidence in the system, as well as concerns that delays to the white paper have created uncertainty for businesses. Attendees discussed calls for the net migration target to be replaced by an evidence-based framework, and for the creation of an Annual Migration Report.
This conference brought 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 media.