CaSE has welcomed the findings of a Home Office select committee report on immigration policy, published today.

The report calls on the government to build greater consensus and trust on immigration as part of major overhaul of immigration policy making.

Commenting on the report CaSE Executive Director, Dr Sarah Main, said:

"If the Government accept these recommendations, it will be good news for UK science and innovation, and therefore for wellbeing, jobs and prosperity. 

The recommendations have the potential to redress the reputational damage being done to the UK as an attractive place for talented scientists and engineers to settle by sending positive messages abroad about our values on migration and an evidence-based immigration framework in place of the net migration target. 

The committee's calls to unlock the migration debate by breaking it down into different types of migration is exactly what scientists and engineers want and, apparently, what the public and other business sectors want too. 

The committee echoes CaSE's call for Government to take the lead in presenting evidence transparently on needs and impacts of different types of migration to detoxify the debate. 

I would welcome an immigration framework based on these recommendations and we will champion their implementation."

CaSE has published a digest of the Home Affairs committee report, which includes summaries on migration targets, international students, shortage occupation lists, and the use of evidence in future policy.

You can also read our original evidence submission to the committee inquiry.

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