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The future for UK immigration policy – regulation, enforcement and the Immigration Bill
3 March 2016

The focus:

The future of Government’s immigration strategy.


Comes at a time of wide-ranging reform and policy development, including:

The current Immigration Bill – which seeks to strengthen immigration law enforcement, introduce new sanctions on illegal immigration, and tackle exploitation of low-skilled workers;
The Constitution Committee’s newly published report, which raises questions about the impact of the Bill on vulnerable asylum-seekers;
The Home Affairs Committee Immigration: skills shortages report, with concerns about the working of the Tier 2 cap and its impact on net migration and economic aims;
The Migration Advisory Committee’s forthcoming report into Government strategy to reduce non-EEA work migration;
Measures set out in the Spending Review, including provisions to make passport applications digital, streamline the visa process and better identify those in the UK illegally; and
The Office of National Statistics’ Quarterly Report, indicating a continued rise in net migration to the UK.

Includes keynote contributions from Glyn Williams, Director, Immigration and Border Policy, Home Office and Dana Spinant, Head of Unit, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG HOME, EU Commission.
Key discussion points:

Illegal immigration and enforcement – challenges for implementing current legislative proposals, including new restrictions on access to rented accommodation, driving licences and bank accounts;
Labour exploitation and inspection – the impact of newly proposed sanctions on illegal workers and ‘rogue employers’, and the way forward for improving regulatory coordination in this area of enforcement;
Immigration and the UK economy – including the Migration Advisory Committee’s review of the Tier 2 route, with latest thinking on skill levies, tackling skill shortages, and the future of the intra-company transfer route; and
The immigration rules – challenges for the future regulation of Non-EEA migration, including the future of Tier 4 and its implications for FE and HE sectors.


Keynotes: Glyn Williams, Director, Immigration and Border Policy, Home Office and Dana Spinant, Head of Unit, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG HOME, EU Commission.

Further confirmed speakers: Howard Catton, Head of Policy and International Affairs, Royal College of Nursing; Bobby Duffy, Managing Director, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute; Saira Grant, Chief Executive, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants; Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, National Landlords Association; Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman, Migration Watch UK; Ben Sheldrick, Managing Partner, Magrath LLP Solicitors; Tony Smith, Manging Director, Fortinus Global; Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Study UK; Henry St Clair Miller, Manager, No Recourse to Public Funds Network, Islington Council; Madeleine Sumption, Director, Migration Observatory and Colin Yeo, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers.

Chairs: Daniel Kawczynski MP, Member, Foreign Affairs Committee and Stuart McDonald MP, Shadow SNP Spokesperson, Immigration, Asylum and Border Control and Member, Home Affairs Committee have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.


Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the Crown Prosecution Service; DH; Government Legal Department; Home Office; MoJ; National Crime Agency; Office for National Statistics; Office of the Children’s Commissioner; Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner; The Scottish Government and UK Border Agency. Also due to attend are representatives from 5 St Andrew’s Hill Chambers; Ash Norton Solicitors; Association of Commonwealth Universities; Avon & Bristol Law Centre; Brunel University; Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales; Central & Cecil; Citizens Advice Southend; DAC Beachcroft; Dearson Winyard International; Doyle Clayton Solicitors; Ernst & Young; Ethical Trading Initiative; ETS; Farani Javid Taylor Solicitors; Farrer & Co; Ferguson Snell & Associates; Fisher Jones Greenwood; Fox Williams; Fragomen; Gherson; Goldsmiths, University of London; Healys; International Student Internship Scheme; INTO IUP; Kick Start Enterprise; Kingsley Napley; KLS, University of Kent; Laura Devine Solicitors; Leeds Beckett Students’ Union; London & Partners; Magrath LLP Solicitors; Mishcon de Reya; Paul Hamlyn Foundation; Payne Hicks Beach; PwC Legal; Sterling & Law Associates; Target Housing; Travers Smith; UK Council for International Student Affairs; UK Institute for Migration Research; University of Derby; University of Hull; University of Warwick; Wesley Gryk Solicitors and Withers.

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