28 July 2017
Amber Rudd asks for analysis of EU migration
A major assessment of European Union (EU) immigration has been commissioned by the home secretary, to discern how the UK's system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.
A year after the EU referendum, Amber Rudd has called upon the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to analyse the role EU nationals play in Britain's economy and society.
Interim reports will focus on patterns of European migration, with the final analysis due by September 2018.
However, business leaders say the commission of the report should have been done in a timelier manner, with the Institute of Directors calling the report "long overdue".
Josh Hardie, deputy director general at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), says there is now pressure to provide certainty for UK employers and EU citizens living in the UK.
He said: "Businesses urgently need to know what a new system will look like - during transition and afterwards."
The committee will be asked to:
- Identify which sectors are most reliant on EU labour
- Analyse the impact EU migration reductions will have on business
- Detect any evidence that labour availability has led to lower investment in certain sectors of British industry
Announcing the report, Ms Rudd said: "It's going to invite people to submit their views across the whole of the country and then we will listen to what the evidence is, what the essence and value is, the positive elements and challenges of immigration from the EU across the whole country."