Professor Alan Manning discusses latest Migration Advisory Committee report
17 October 2018
The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from Professor Alan Manning, Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee.
On 18 September 2018, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its report 'EEA migration in the UK', assessing current and future EEA migration and its impact on the UK. The report was designed to provide an evidential basis for a new immigration system to be implemented by the Government after the Brexit transition period.
Wednesday 17 October 2018, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
- Professor Alan Manning, Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee
- Can you summarise what the Government asked the Migration Advisory Commission to investigate in the EEA migration report?
- Can you summarise your report’s findings on the effects that migration has had on the UK's economy and society?
- Your report finds that "EEA migration as a whole has had neither the large negative effects claimed by some nor the clear benefits claimed by others". Would a migration system that did not favour EEA workers have similarly mixed effects?
- Can you summarise your findings on the regional effects of EEA migration?
- Your previous report suggested that international students should continue to be counted in the overall migration figures. How did you come to this conclusion?
- The EEA migration report proposes that the Tier 2 (General) scheme retain existing salary thresholds, of £30,000 a year. Yet recent speculation has suggested that skilled workers might in fact be deemed to be those earning in excess of £50,000. How do you respond to this suggestion?
- The only work-related scheme that you propose for lower-skilled workers is a seasonal agricultural workers scheme. Why this sector, but not others? How would lower-skilled jobs be filled under your proposals?
- The EEA migration argues that "ending free movement would not make the UK unusual – for example Canada combines a relatively open policy to migration without any free movement agreement." What evidence did you take from other countries?
- If your proposals were accepted by the Government, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would treat EEA workers differently. How would the economy of the island of Ireland cope with this discrepancy?
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