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Government Plans for Population & Migration Policy to be Scrutinised

Jun 19, 2019


The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel is to test the planned approach of the Government of Jersey to deliver a new Migration Policy for the Island, to help identify the key areas and issues that need to be taken account of and ensure a robust process that will deliver authoritative policy on this crucial matter. 

The Migration Policy Development Board was established in March 2019 by the Chief Minister to “develop comprehensive migration policy proposals,” and follows the 2018 – 2022 Common Strategic Policy's priority to “reduce Jersey’s reliance on inward migration”, and an objective to “develop and implement a comprehensive migration and population policy.” The Board is due to launch a consultation later this year.

To inform that work, the Panel intends to hold public hearings with a number of stakeholders across the community in order to highlight the key issues and areas that the Policy Development Board should ensure are fully considered.

In addition to written public hearings and written submissions from relevant stakeholders, the Panel is asking members of the public to submit their views either through the States Assembly website or by emailing scrutiny@gov.je. This will include inviting students and young people to comment on how they think the Government’s migration policy will affect their futures.

At the end of the review, the Panel will publish a report on its work, including any findings and recommendations for the Government to take into consideration as it embarks on its policy development.

Panel member, Deputy Jess Perchard, commented:

 “The issue of population growth in Jersey has been repeatedly discussed but not yet resolved. The work of the Government’s Migration Policy board will have a significant impact on the future of our island, and, inevitably, the cost of looking after an ever-growing community will have consequences for all who live here. This review is an opportunity for us to understand the public’s view of population and migration policy, and to engage with young islanders who will be the eventual supporters of an ageing demographic. It is crucial that Government understands the views of the public and the key issues to consider when developing their migration policy.”

Scrutiny Press Release.

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