The All-Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) for Migration today launched an official inquiry into the effects of Brexit on immigration. The theme of the inquiry – Beyond the highly skilled – the needs of other economic migration stakeholders – will focus on the experience and concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and public sector organisations in the area of migration, as the UK seeks to withdraw from the European Union and the Single Market.
The APPG’s Inquiry will take written and oral evidence from stakeholders throughout February and March with the intention of producing a report to be published in late April. The APPG are seeking submissions from representatives of SMEs and industry sector bodies (in particular technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, social care, and food production and processing). Submissions will also be sought from regional chambers of commerce and equivalent bodies, the trade unions, and organisations that represent migrant community interests.
Speaking on the launch of the inquiry, Chair of the APPG on Migration, Kate Green, said:
“This is an unprecedented time for the UK as it seeks to leave the European Union, something it has been part of for so long. This is a decision that will affect millions in the UK, including small business and public sector organisations who employ thousands of economic migrants across the UK. This is a precarious time, not just for employers, but migrants, who – despite contributing to the economic fabric of this country – now find their future in the UK in the balance. As a result, the APPG has decided to launch an inquiry on the consequences of leaving the single market will have on these sectors.”
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Terms of Reference:
- Explain to what extent your organisation and sector is reliant on EU nationals who fill roles that would not qualify for a skilled visa.
- Describe any benefits gained from having access to these workers, and the impact a reduction in access to these workers would have to your organisation and sector.
- In respect to access to talent in your sector, describe the factors that the UK government should consider in its decision on immigration restrictions on EU national workers post-Brexit.
- Describe your existing use of talent from outside the EU, and your experience with the immigration requirements for non-European nationals.
- In respect to any roles you have previously filled with EU nationals that would not qualify for a skilled visa, should these restrictions apply after Brexit, comment on how the Government should accommodate the need to fill these so called ‘low skilled’ roles.
- Describe what the Government needs to do to encourage the development of relevant skills and experience within the settled (British citizens and foreign nationals with an unrestricted right to work in the UK) workforce, and comment on the expected length of time necessary for these actions to benefit your organisation or sector.
- If the UK considers a regional and geographical immigration policy, describe what you would need from such a policy to support your sector?
The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 28 February 2017. Oral evidence sessions are yet to be confirmed but likely to be held on the 20 (Manchester) and 21-22 March (London).