Responding to the announcement of the Migration Advisory Committee inquiry into the benefits and costs of migration, Barbara Roche, chair of Migration Matters/Atul Hatwal, commented
"The government's decision to commission the Migration Advisory Committee inquiry into the benefits and costs of migration is a welcome step - it re-introduces two long lost words into the migration debate: 'Evidence based.' For too many years, migration policy has been driven by anecdote and political reaction."
Julia Onslow-Cole, PwC's Head of Global Immigration and Migration Matters board member, added,
" The Government is likely to confirm in the autumn White Paper that there will be a two year implementation period from 2019-2021 which will give Business some stability and chance to adapt to forthcoming changes. Whilst the September 2018 reporting deadline for the MAC is unprecedented the timeline and broad nature of the questions allows Business to consider the fundamental transformation they face in the future of work. Automation, virtual working and the gig economy will have a momentous impact to the future immigration needs of the UK."