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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Influencing the immigration debate


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Written by Chris Russell Policy advisor

UK businesses must be able to source the people and talent they need.

With labour and skills shortages across the economy and at all skill levels and with the UK leaving the EU, it is crucial that we have a future immigration system that is controlled and works for the whole economy. This will help businesses succeed post-Brexit and support the jobs and growth here in the UK.

We have commissioned a series of reports that examine options for post-Brexit immigration policy. We have discussed these reports with government, putting the interest of our members to key decision makers. 

The REC is continuing to put forward the case made in these reports directly to the Government. But we’re also part of two campaigning coalitions:

  • The #FullStrength campaign, a coalition of trade, business and education bodies calling for a fair and managed immigration system to keep us open to the workers the UK economy needs. 
  • The Lift the Ban coalition calling for the right to work for people seeking asylum, and their adult dependants, after six months of having lodged an asylum claim or further submission, unconstrained by the Shortage Occupation List.

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