The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published the long-awaited report from its Government-commissioned inquiry into the impact of European Economic Area (EEA) migration on the UK labour market. This report will inform the basis of the Government’s proposals for the UK’s immigration system post-Brexit. Key recommendations include prioritising higher-skilled migration whilst restricting lower-skilled migration and applying the same rules to EEA and non-EEA citizens in the design of any new system.

The report followed the publication of another MAC report, last week, which explored the impact of international students in the UK. It recommended that international students should be kept in the net migration statistics, retaining no cap on their numbers, and rejected a separate post-study work visa.

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