UK: Major Study on EU Workers to Get Underway

The Home Secretary has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to look at the impact EU workers have on UK economy and society.

Amber Rudd has asked the MAC to examine the British labour market, the overall role of migration in the wider economy and how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.

As part of the commission, the MAC – the independent public body that advises the government on migration issues – will look at current patterns of EU and EEA migration, with a focus on sectors, regional distribution and skill levels, among others.

The evidence gathered by the MAC will help the government to determine future immigration proposals for EU citizens, which Ms Rudd has stated will be a gradual transition, implemented in a three-phase process.

The process will culminate in the long-term arrangements of migration by EU citizens, designed according to economic and social needs at the time.

Alongside the MAC commission, the Government will undertake its own programme of engagement and evidence gathering with business, industry, trade unions and educational institutions.

In his response to the Home Secretary, Professor Alan Manning, MAC Chair, acknowledged the importance of the commission and added that the MAC is keen to work with stakeholders to explore the issues surrounding the topic.

The Home Secretary has asked the MAC to present its findings by September 2018.

A call for evidence setting out how stakeholders can get involved will be published shortly.

Further details will be provided by Newland Chase as they become available.

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