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Migrant Workers

Question for Home Office

UIN 25097, tabled on 4 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis is that the increased use of technology and automation by employers will be able to reduce the demand of migrant workers.

Answered on

9 March 2020

In delivering on its manifesto commitments for a new points-based system, the Government has considered relevant views, evidence, and analysis.

We need to shift the focus of our economy away from a reliance on cheap labour from Europe, with immigration being considered alongside investment in technology, innovation, automation and the development of the UK’s domestic labour force.

Immigration must be considered alongside investment in and development of the UK’s domestic labour force.

There are over eight million economically inactive people in the UK, nearly two million of whom say they want a job. Employers need to invest in the people already here and make jobs more attractive for UK workers, whilst looking to schemes like disability, confident to expand their potential to recruit.

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Home Office
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