Future migration arrangements for EU citizens


The government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to provide advice and evidence regarding the long-term arrangements covering the migration of EU citizens.   

The MAC has been asked to report back by September 2018, with the potential for interim reports during this period. It will want to consult widely and NHS Employers will be engaging with the MAC on behalf of employers in the NHS.

It will be focusing on two areas.

1. Current patterns of EEA migration

  • Considering the evolution of EU and EEA migration since 2000 and possible future trends. 
  • Methods of recruitment used by UK employers to employ EU and EEA migrants and the impact on UK workers.
  • The economic and social costs and benefits of EU and EEA migration.
  • Estimating the potential impact of any future reductions in EU and EEA migration, at a range of levels and how these may be felt differently across the economy and society. 
  • How business could adjust if EU and EEA net migration was substantially reduced and what mitigating actions could be taken by both employers and government and over what timescales.

2. Role of EEA migration in the wider economy and society

  • What the current impact is of immigration, both EU, EEA and non-EEA, on competitiveness of UK industry, including on productivity, innovation and labour market flexibility.
  • What impact immigration has on skills and training.
  • What evidence there is freely available of unskilled labour contributions to the UK's relatively low rate of investment in some sectors.
  • The advantages of focusing on migrant labour on highly skilled jobs or across the entire skills spectrum.
  • Whether the shortage occupation list needs to be amended to include skills shortages at lower skills levels than NQF6.

We will aim to keep you updated with any developments as they come, sign up to our weekly workforce bulletin for updates.  

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