Select Committee on the European Union Sub-Committee F (Home Affairs)


Call for evidence

Sub-Committee F (Home Affairs) of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union is conducting an inquiry into economic migration to the EU based on the Commission's recent Green Paper, An EU approach to managing economic migration.  The inquiry will examine the issues raised in the Green Paper.

The central question is whether there should be a common EU policy on economic migration or whether Member States should remain free to make decisions in this area independently of each other. Underlying this question is the view taken of the effect of immigration on the economies of Member States and the nature of that migration. Other questions on which the Sub-Committee would particularly welcome comments include the following:

  1.  Should a Community approach attempt to set common rules on the admission of third country nationals for employment or should it address each sector of the labour market separately?

  2. Would there be a place for quotas in a common policy?

  3. Do the same considerations apply to self-employment as to employment?

  4. To what extent do enlargement and free access to the labour market for workers from the new Member States affect a common policy?

  5. Should the "Community preference" principle be maintained? Should it apply to third country nationals legally resident in the EU and, if so, to all workers or only long-term residents? 

  6. What rights should third country workers have? Should there be any differentiation between workers admitted on a conditional basis and long-term residents?

  7. Should there be a common EU policy on the "regularisation" of illegal workers (amnesties)?

  8. Should measures be taken to protect third countries from-or compensate them for-the loss of skilled workers?

  9. What considerations should the Government take into account in deciding whether to opt into a common EU policy?

Guidance for Witnesses

Evidence should be submitted by Monday 9 May. It should be sent to Tony Rawsthorne, Committee Office, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW. (Telephone 020 7219 6612; Fax 020 7219 6715; e-mail: ).

Those receiving the call for evidence are encouraged to bring it to the attention of other organisations and individuals who may not have received it direct.

Short submissions and electronic submissions are preferred. Any submission longer than two sides should include a summary. Paragraphs should be numbered. Evidence should indicate the author's name and status and whether it is submitted on an individual or corporate basis. Additional copies are not required.

Evidence may be published by the Committee. Those submitting evidence are welcome to publicise it themselves, but in doing so should indicate that it was prepared for the Committee.

Those who submit written evidence, and others, may be invited to give oral evidence.  Oral evidence is usually taken in public at Westminster, and transcripts of it are published. Those invited to give oral evidence will be notified separately of the procedure to be followed and the topics likely to be discussed.

The progress of the inquiry can be followed on the Parliamentary web-site: or from the Weekly Bulletin of House of Lords Select Committees available free from Geoffrey Newsome, Committee Office, House of Lords, London SW1A OPW (Telephone 020 7219 6678).

21 March 2005