Minister of State, Damian Green, announces UK’s aim of reducing net migration from outside Europe

12 July, 2010

Migration is a global phenomenon that poses enormous challenges for sending and receiving countries.

 

Managing migration: challenges and opportunities?

Monday 28 June 2010 (WP1038)

In association with the UK Border Agency and held at the Institute of Directors

 

Migration is a global phenomenon that poses enormous challenges for sending and receiving countries. It is not simply a linear movement from A to B, but a complex and continuous process which can be circular and often results in people returning to their place of origin. It is a highly emotive issue and regularly attracts a disproportionate level of interest in the media.  Statistics can be misleading and are often unreliable- in reality, the vast majority of people do not move. Against this backdrop, governments need to demonstrate that they are in control of migration in order to ensure public confidence.

Our first one day meeting in London brought together senior representation from a range of countries including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland and the US to discuss the nature of borders, the changing use of technology, communication strategies and ways to ensure successful integration of new communities. Inevitably, a shift in the age structure of a society will create new labour demands. The emergence of China as a major economic power along with an ageing population could create a new ‘centre of attraction’ for migrant populations and, in the future, Western countries could be competing for this workforce. Canada’s message to newcomers is a balanced one of both welcome and compliance, encouraging a positive view of citizenship and led at Ministerial level.

The meeting was closed by the Minister of State, Damian Green, who spoke of the the UK’s aim of reducing net migration from outside Europe, signalled by that day’s announcement of an interim limit and a 12 week consultation process to consider how the final limit will be delivered.

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Conference on Managing migration: challenges and opportunities? 

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