Westminster Legal Policy Forum Keynote Seminar: Next Steps for UK Immigration – Routes to Migration, Access to Skills and Priorities for Enforcement
30 April 2019
Central London

Delegates at this conference will discuss the future for the UK’s immigration framework – for both EU and non-EU migration – as Government considers priorities for immigration policy post-Brexit.

The future of immigration policy

The seminar will be an opportunity to assess Government’s forthcoming immigration White Paper.

It also follows publication of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on European Economic Area (EEA) migration in the UK, which recommended that EU workers should be subject to the same visa rules as other migrants and an end to the cap on the number of high-skilled migrants coming to the UK.

Routes to migration from within the EU and globally

Attendees will discuss the future of immigration from the EU, including the effectiveness of the Settled Status Programme – which ensures the right to remain for EU citizens already settled in Britain – both currently and in the face of future expected demand for applications.

We also expect latest thinking on the future of the points-based immigration system for those entering Britain from outside the EEA, including the way forward for the regulation of work, student and family routes of migration and settlement and the implications for the UK labour market.

Access to a range of skills from outside the UK and the student visa system

The agenda discusses options for adapting the immigration system to the economic priorities of a post-Brexit Britain, with a focus on skills, flexibility and local impact.

Delegates will consider issues for the UK’s continued ability to attract the ‘brightest and the best talent’, including in the context of future trade deals following Brexit.

We also expect discussion on mitigating the impact on sectors that rely on low-skilled workers in the event of changes to freedom of movement from the EU – such as retail, construction and agriculture – and options for reform the system to ensure it is effective and meets sector workforce needs.

Delegates will also assess the future of the student visa system and the potential implications of the MAC recommendations in their report on the impact of international students – including the way forward for continuing to attract international students and the wider implications of Brexit for how the UK is perceived by international students.

Enforcing a new immigration system and priorities for the detention regime

Further sessions consider the priorities for border control post-Brexit.

Those attending will look at how to address concerns over the UK’s expected withdrawal from the Schengen Information System, which is used by countries to find information about individuals for security purposes, along with how partnerships with EU nations can be developed to ensure that illegal immigration is tackled effectively after Brexit.

There will also be discussion on immigration detention and the current state of the immigration detention estate as the Joint Committee on Human Rights carries out its inquiry looking at whether the current framework is sufficient in ensuring people are not wrongly detained and if current practices protect human rights.

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