Wide-ranging questions under three general headings comprise the ‘Call for Evidence’ that kickstarts the Migration Advisory Committee’s ‘important and extensive’ enquiry into the social and economic impacts of Brexit on the UK labour market. 

MAC’s enquiry will also report on how a subsequent UK immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.

Accompanied by a note analysing the UK labour market in some detail and contrasting it with other country’s migration systems, ‘Call for evidence and briefing note: EEA-workers in the UK labour market’ is basically designed to identify the sort of information that the MAC will find most helpful to receive in pursuing its enquiry and how evidence should be submitted.

Feedback to the ‘Call for Evidence’ and MAC’s subsequent research will inform the long term arrangements to cover the migration of EU citizens, post Brexit. MAC’s role is to help ensure the arrangements are evidence-based and designed according to economic and social needs at the time.

The questions are grouped under the following headings.

1) EEA Migration Trends, which asks basic questions such as the characteristics of EEA workers in respondent’s areas and how they differ from UK and non-EAA workers.

2) Recruitment Practices, Training & Skills ­– which asks about recruitment practices, the advantages and disadvantages of employing EEA workers and the involvement of universities and training providers in ensuring that skills are available to meet high demand and fill key roles.

3) Economic, Social and Fiscal Impacts ­– which asks about the costs and benefits of EEA immigration and how the impacts vary from sector to sector and by skill level.