Home Secretary Amber Rudd has commissioned a report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on the economic impact of EU migrants on the UK economy, as part of the government’s Brexit preparations.
The committee will examine the role EU nationals play in the UK economy and society – and will also look at how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.
The MAC acts as an independent adviser on migration to the government.
In a statement, the Home Secretary said that the commission represented “an extremely important piece of work”.
Free movement to the UK will end when the UK exits the EU, she added – and plans for the UK’s future immigration system are being developed which will enable the government to control the flow of migration from Europe.
The Home Office will ask the MAC to focus the study on patterns of EU and EEA (European Economic Area) migration, considering regional distribution, skill levels, industry sectors – and the role of the self-employed, part-time, agency, temporary and seasonal workers.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“Leaving the European Union gives us the opportunity to take control of immigration from the EU.
“We will ensure we continue to attract those who benefit us economically, socially and culturally – but, at the same time, our new immigration system will give us control of the volume of people coming here, giving the public confidence we are applying our own rules on who we want to come to the UK and helping us to bring down net migration to sustainable levels.
“The study I am asking the Migration Advisory Committee to complete is a major step in ensuring we create a system that works in the best interests of the country.”
The Home Secretary also underlined there will be an implementation period when the UK leaves the EU, to ensure there is no “cliff edge” for employers or EU nationals in the UK.
In addition to the MAC commission, there will be an extensive cross-government programme of engagement over the coming months with stakeholders from a number of sectors – including business, industry, trades unions and educational institutions.
The MAC comprises of a group of internationally recognised experts in their field, who will assess and build on the internal cross-government work that has already been completed.
The Home Office advises that there is no need for EU citizens living in the UK to take any action now, as there will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the UK while the UK remains in the EU.
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