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Immigration - topic for March 2020

    • 102 posts
    March 2, 2020 6:31 PM GMT

    In the light of the new points-based immigration system, it seems a good time to revisit the topic of immigration.

    Our proposed agenda is:

    Immigration, Population Growth, Infrastructure and The Environment


    New UK System – policy statement - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-points-based-immigration-system-policy-statement

    The BBC Guide to Immigration https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-50132840

    Output of Pie and Pint 19 http://www.probably42.net/documents/2/48/migration-population-growth-and-the-environment (Note some of this went into our manifesto of Ideas)


    The Proposed Points based Immigration System

    What are our immediate reactions?

    Does it address the uncontrolled free movement issue as raised by the referendum?

    What are the good features, bad features, or possible unintended consequences?

    Is the policy on deportation appropriately balanced?

    What aspects of immigration are not dealt with by the new system?

    What facts do we need to know to make sensible decisions about immigration?

    Should the Government prioritise jobs for citizens over jobs for immigrants?

    e.g. is the Government’s duty and priority to ensure every UK citizen has a job which matches their qualifications?

    The UK wants to attract more and more investment and attract the best companies and best people. How do we manage the tension between: constantly increasing population; infrastructure including housing; maintaining the required level of self-sufficiency in feeding ourselves; managing our water resources; improving the environment and dealing with climate change?

    Will AI change the balance?

    • 102 posts
    March 23, 2020 11:33 AM GMT

    This discussion was in fact wider than Immigration because it can only be looked at factually in the context of Population Growth, Infrastructure and Environment including land use. It also looked at the specifics of the Government's new points-based system.

    The output is available at: