techUK calls for visa-free movement of talent between UK & EU

In July 2017, the Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to report on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.

The Migration Advisory Committee produced a call for evidence with questions on EEA migration trends, recruitment practices, training & skills, and economic, social and fiscal impacts of EEA migration.

Using evidence from techUK’s industry roundtable with the MAC alongside survey data from August 2017, techUK’s response to the MAC will highlighted four key points:

  1. Movement of labour from UK to Europe and vice-versa must be visa-free and frictionless.
  2. EU migrants are in vital roles across UK tech and provide valuable opportunities for the resident population.
  3. The non-EEA migration system should not be the model used for future EU migration.
  4. The UK Government must acknowledge the importance of tone in ensuring the UK remains the most attractive place in Europe to start, scale and grow a tech company.

The full response and associated recommendations can be downloaded below.

For more information on techUK’s Skills, Talent and Migration Programme, get in touch with Doniya Soni:

techUK Submission EEA workers in the UK labour market ... (pdf)

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