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Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) commissioned to examine the role of EEA workers in the UK labour market, by the Home Office

The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd on the 27th July 2017, has asked the Government's independent advisers on migration, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), to examine the British labour market and complete a detailed assessment and report of the role of EU nationals in the UK economy.
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Leaving the European Union gives us the opportunity to take control of immigration from the EU. We will ensure we continue to attract those who benefit us economically, socially and culturally.
Amber Rudd
Leaving the European Union gives us the opportunity to take control of immigration from the EU. We will ensure we continue to attract those who benefit us economically, socially and culturally.
Amber Rudd
We infer from this, that Ms Rudd intends to use the MAC report to exclude and select EEA migrants post-Brexit according to their benefit on the UK economy and society. Ms Rudd's meaning of the word "culturally" in this statement is left to be determined. We await to hear how she plans to determine a migrant's "cultural" compatibility with UK society.
We infer from this, that Ms Rudd intends to use the MAC report to exclude and select EEA migrants post-Brexit according to their benefit on the UK economy and society. Ms Rudd's meaning of the word "culturally" in this statement is left to be determined. We await to hear how she plans to determine a migrant's "cultural" compatibility with UK society.
MAC will focus its study on patterns of EU and EEA migration, and will consider the following:

  • regional distribution;

  • skill levels;

  • industry sectors; and

  • the role of the self-employed, part-time, agency, temporary and seasonal workers.
MAC will focus its study on patterns of EU and EEA migration, and will consider the following:

- regional distribution;

- skill levels;

- industry sectors; and

- the role of the self-employed, part-time, agency, temporary and seasonal workers.
MAC is now calling for evidence from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience, from a wide range of interested parties (e.g. businesses, employers, recruiters, trade unions, academics, think tanks, representative bodies, government departments, etc) to help inform their response to the Home Secretary.
MAC is now calling for evidence from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience, from a wide range of interested parties (e.g. businesses, employers, recruiters, trade unions, academics, think tanks, representative bodies, government departments, etc) to help inform their response to the Home Secretary.
It is reassuring to see the Home Office finally trying to devise solutions on how the UK should be safeguarding and appreciating the contribution made by EEA workers. However, Yvette Cooper, the chair of the Home Affairs select committee and Former Labour cabinet minister, told the World at One that she is "flabbergasted" that it has taken the government "13 months to ask these very basic questions" about EU migration.
It is reassuring to see the Home Office finally trying to devise solutions on how the UK should be safeguarding and appreciating the contribution made by EEA workers. However, Yvette Cooper, the chair of the Home Affairs select committee and Former Labour cabinet minister, told the World at One that she is "flabbergasted" that it has taken the government "13 months to ask these very basic questions" about EU migration.
We hope that this information gathering will lead to a fair immigration system for EEA nationals that will benefit the UK economy.
We hope that this information gathering will lead to a fair immigration system for EEA nationals that will benefit the UK economy.
Sassa Karakatsianis, Immigration Specialist
Sassa Karakatsianis, Immigration Specialist
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