Are you interested in the construction of the UK’s immigration system post Brexit?

Brexit / 17 August 2017


The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), tasked by the Home Secretary, is carrying out a detailed assessment of recruitment practices and migration trends relating to European Economic Area (‘EEA’) nationals in the UK. Its focus is on the likely economic and social impacts of Brexit. The assessment will also include recommendations for a future immigration system taking into account ‘modern industrial strategy’.

The MAC is an independent public body. It aims to consult with various parties, including businesses, employers, recruiters, trade unions, academics, think tanks, government bodies and EEA nationals themselves. It is critical for employers of migrant workers to get involved.

The MAC is seeking evidence on a wide range of matters including:

  • The types of job and skill levels involved in roles carried out by EEA workers in the UK
  • The impact of various aspects of EEA migrant working on UK and non-EEA workers
  • Information on patterns of work and whether these have changed over time
  • Assessments of the impact of a possible reduction in the availability of EEA migrants
  • The advantages and disadvantages of employing EEA workers
  • The social and economic costs and benefits of EEA migrants coming to work in the UK


The consultation closes at 11.59 pm on 27 October 2017, with a proposed new immigration system intended to come into force in 2021 – two years after the Article 50 notice period expires.


This assessment does not affect the status of EEA nationals already living in the UK (for more about this – see our previous elaw here). Rather, it is about shaping the UK’s future immigration system.


To view and/or participate in this interesting and detailed call for evidence, click here. Responses should be supported by data and examples, but please be aware that your response may be published on the MAC website. If you intend to take part we would be interested to hear your thoughts.

We will keep you updated on further developments on immigration and Brexit.

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