Response to Home Affairs Committee report

31 July 2018

Responding to the publication of the Home Affairs Committee interim report on policy options for future migration from the European Economic Area (EEA), Russell Group Head of Policy, Jessica Cole said:

“This report is important and timely. We hope it will encourage the Government to prioritise work to explore migration options for EEA nationals post-transition – doing so in genuine dialogue with businesses, charities and universities.

“The current non-EEA immigration system is already under significant strain. It would not be desirable or feasible to include EEA nationals in this system. We want the Government to support an approach that enables as near frictionless mobility of people as possible between the UK and EEA, including students, academics and other research workers, after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

“In particular, for EEA nationals coming to the UK for less than twelve months, who will not be long-term migrants, only a light-touch registration should be required as part of the future system.”

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