Morning, Thursday, 30th November 2023
This conference will focus on next steps for UK’s post-Brexit immigration policy.
It is bringing key stakeholders together with policymakers to discuss the impact of the points-based immigration system, and how the immigration system can best be utilised to support the UK labour market.
The conference follows the Migration Advisory Committee’s inquiries into the shortage occupation list and seasonal worker visas, and findings in the ONS’s long-term international migration report earlier this year of net migration rising to more than 600,000.
Delegates will consider policy options for the future as government aims to reduce net migration numbers, as well as key issues moving forward and options for alternative strategies.
Further sessions explore the future of international student migration, including employment in the UK job market post-graduation, with discussion also expected on ways in which labour exploitation within the UK can be tackled.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Philippa Rouse, Director for Migration & Citizenship and Senior Responsible Officer for the Future Border and Immigration System Programme, Home Office; Dr Madeleine Sumption, Director, Migration Observatory; and Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer, UKHospitality.
Further sessions will examine wider sector issues, including:
- trends: the current outlook for the UK immigration system - net migration statistics - progress of the points-based system - impact on user experience - priorities for strategy moving forward
- policy: assessing government commitments - policy coordination to enable an effective system - alignment with current economic pledges and objectives
- priorities moving forward: responding to the most recent net migration figures and labour shortages - the potential for reform and alternative policy approaches
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DAERA, NI: DCEDIY, ROI; Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Health, NI; DfE; DfT; DLUHC; DSIT; DWP; FCDO; HMRC; Home Office; MAC; MOJ; NAO; OBR; UKRI; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.