MAC report on EEA migration in the UK

18 September 2018

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has today published a new report on 'EEA migration in the UK'.

The report was commissioned by the Home Secretary in 2017 and its aim was to report on current patterns, and possible future patterns, of EEA migration as well as the social and economic impact of EEA migrants in the UK. The report contains a number of recommendations to the Government for the UK migration system post-Brexit.

MAC makes clear that, in designing a post-Brexit migration system, there are three main types of migration that need to be considered: work, family, and study. Today’s report focuses on the work route and comes shortly after the report on 'International students in the UK' [see our news item, and Chief Executive's blog, of 13 Sept]. MAC makes reference to the recent report on international students at various points throughout this new report on EEA migration.

MAC avoids recommending whether migration should, or should not, be included in the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU. However, it goes on to say that it does "not see compelling reasons to offer a different set of rules to EEA and non-EEA citizens" if the UK does not wish to use migration in Brexit negotiations.

A summary of 14 'recommendations for work migration post-Brexit' can be found on page 127 of the report. However, there will be no indication for some time about whether the Government will choose to adopt some, all, or none, of these recommendations after 2020.

Click to open the 140-page report on 'EEA migration in the UK'