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Migrant Workers: EEA Nationals

Question for Home Office

UIN 114931, tabled on 21 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, following the announcement that the number of exceptionally talented migrant visas is to be doubled, what assessment she has made of the potential damage caused by the loss of free movement of EEA nationals on the digital technology, science and arts sectors.

Answered on

23 November 2017

The current Exceptional Talent demonstrates our commitment to continuing to attract top international talent in the digital technology, science and arts sectors.

We are building an immigration system that works in the national interest, and will continue to support these sectors and the wider economy. There are a range of options for the future immigration system and it is important that we understand the impacts on the different sectors of the economy and the labour market.

On 27 July, the Government commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee to gather evidence on patterns of EU migration and the role of migration in the wider economy, ahead of our exit from the EU. The MAC will report in September 2018 and its findings will help shape the government’s decisions on the future immigration system.

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