UK’s migration body seeks public opinion to formulate post-Brexit visa rules

  • Date: 12 Aug 2017
  • Country: Uk

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body that advises the UK government on migration issues, is seeking views from different groups such as employers, business houses, academics, government departments, trade unions, manpower consultants and representative bodies on the kinds of visas and work agreements that must be in place after the Brexit in March 2019.

While it is asking their feedback on various settings, it has also dropped hints that education, skill levels and age would be taken into consideration.

One of the questions being asked by the MAC is how the reduction in the number of workers entering the UK from EU will affect them and if employers and business houses have made emergency plans in such an event.

It is quoted by as indicating that it is common for many countries outside of the EU to limit immigration.

MAC stated that in the current migration system for workers from non-EEA (European Economic Area) countries, skilled talent is unequivocally given preference.

Those who enter Britain through work visas have to be in graduate level jobs and have minimum salary limits. As of now, the migration system in the UK does not have clear-cut regulations on hiring low skilled workers from outside the EEA.

The report of MAC says that reforms to immigration system of the UK would not impact high skilled workers as much as low skilled workers. It is also averred that employers react in different ways when the supply of low skilled workers is reduced.

While the decline in availability of low skilled migrants is likely to increase wages and overheads to businesses, making good and services costlier for consumers, it also could drive businesses to increase productivity and capital instead of hiring more workers.

It is also said to be studying the options of points based immigration system after the UK exits the EU, following its adoption in Australia, New Zealand and other countries. This would translate into people with better levels of education, desired skill sets and being in the right age group obtaining more points.

MAC is likely to favour migrants below thirty as it said in the paper that since younger migrant workers have a long future ahead, their chances of contributing more to public finances and their likelihood of integrating are much better.


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