The Brexit Residents’ Survey was designed to examine the reasons people move to and from Jersey, including periods of residency in the Island, to find out more about resident travel off-Island and the importance of visa-free travel, and to investigate attitudes toward the potential impact of Brexit on Jersey.
The responses have already helped to provide clarity on the most pressing issues for Islanders, as well as the areas where respondents think Jersey has the potential to benefit over the coming months and years:
- Overall, two-thirds of respondents were concerned to some extent with regard to the impact of Brexit on Jersey. Those residents born in the EU or EEA were most likely to be concerned (83%), but a majority (61%) of those born in Jersey were also concerned.
- The primary concerns regarding Brexit related in some way to potentially higher costs to Jersey’s residents following Brexit. Secondary concerns related to the impact on Jersey’s economy, some of its specific industries and its workforce.
- The greatest opportunity presented by Brexit was perceived to be Jersey having more control over immigration and the size of its population, followed by increased incentives and opportunities to develop new relationships and expand trade with markets outside of the EU (including the UK).
- A majority of residents considered it important for EU nationals to be able to move to Jersey to live and work, subject to Jersey’s own system of housing and employment licensing. Two-thirds felt that this was important to Jersey’s economy, while half felt that this was of social and cultural importance to the Island.