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

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



The seminar focuses on the future of the UK’s immigration policy following the publication of the Government’s white paper, and as the Law Commission consults on their proposed simplification of the UK’s immigration rules.


Delegates will discuss the impact of the Government’s 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 of the White Paper 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.


The agenda also includes a ministerial contribution from The Scottish Government, which we expect to outline arguments for devolution of immigration policy, tailoring policy to fit the needs of the Scottish economy, and highlight issues for sectors such as tourism, hospitality and social care.


Further sessions consider the priorities for border control and tackling irregular 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 irregular immigration is tackled effectively.


We also expect discussion on immigration detention as the Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes their inquiry report, setting a time limit on immigration detention and calling for improvement in the provision of early legal advice for detainees. Further areas for discussion include policy options for ensuring appropriate detention conditions and the elimination of abuse in the detention estate, and as the Committee’s calls for the Home Office to put in place adequate safeguards and oversight in Immigration Removal Centres.


Delegates will also discuss the proposed changes to immigration laws by the Law Commission, who have proposed shorter, redrafted guidelines designed to make them more accessible to stakeholders. We expect discussion on progress with the project so far, ahead of the final report due in late 2019.



Keynote Speakers

Madeleine Sumption

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

Ben Macpherson MSP

Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, The Scottish Government

Keynote Speakers

Madeleine Sumption

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

Nicholas Paines QC

Commissioner, Public Law, Law Commission

Ben Macpherson MSP

Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, The Scottish Government

Glyn Williams

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

Chair

Baroness Sally Hamwee

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Home Affairs

Speakers

Nicolas Rollason

Partner and Head, Business Immigration, Kingsley Napley

Stephen Seymour

Director of Operations, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

Rebecca Briggs

Statistician, Centre for International Migration, ONS

Dr Hollie Chandler

Senior Policy Analyst, The Russell Group

Lucy Moreton

General Secretary, ISU

John Guthrie

Employment Policy Adviser, UK Hospitality

Bella Sankey

Director, Detention Action

Neil Anderson

Executive Director, Migration Watch