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Migration Policy Development Board

​About the Migration Policy Development Board

The Migration Policy Development Board was set up to develop comprehensive migration policy proposals which will deliver more responsive controls over who can come to live, work and access public services in Jersey, improving consistency wherever practical and helping to reduce the Island’s reliance on inward migration.

Final report

The Migration Policy Development Board presented its final report to the Chief Minister on 31 January 2020 and the Board was officially dissolved on 6 February 2020.

The Chief Minister published the Migration Policy Development Board’s final report on 6 March 2020.

The Chief Minister commented “I am pleased to publish the final report and recommendations of the Migration Policy Development Board which complements, and should be read alongside, the Board’s earlier interim report.  

I am delighted that the Board has been able to bring together the views of Ministers, States Members and stakeholders to produce its detailed recommendations.  

Whilst the recommendations are not policy, and do not commit the Council of Ministers to a particular course of action, the advice of the Board provide a good foundation to inform our considerations of this important topic. I would like to thank the Board members and the executive support officers for their hard work in the preparation of these reports.”

Migration Policy Development Board's final report 6 March 2020

Interim Report

The Migration Policy Development Board (MPDB) has published an interim report summarising its research surrounding migration controls and how any changes could be used to help reduce the island’s reliance on inward migration.

Interim migration report published 24 October 2019

The research highlights key factors, including:

  • the current administration of the Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 
  • a review of international migration and immigration models
  • the impact of migration on public services; and 
  • how the skills gap could influence future proposals

The panel will report its evidence and findings to the Chief Minister to help to shape future policies relating to who can come to live, work and access public services in the island. 

The Board continues to gather evidence from the island’s business sector as well as wider stakeholders in the community as part of the ongoing work. 

Assistant Chief Minister, Constable Christopher Taylor and Chair of the MPDB, said: “This report is an important piece of work containing research and evidence to help inform the debate on how to develop meaningful and sustainable migration controls in the future. 

“The Board is working hard together with representatives from business, environmental and community organisations. We are on track to make recommendations to the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers by early 2020, with the intention that the States’ Assembly can have a well-informed debate on migration control policy in the second quarter of 2020.

“This is an emotive, yet complex issue and it is important we get it right.”

Submissions to the Board have now closed.

Board members

  • Connétable Christopher Taylor (Chair)
  • Deputy Judy Martin
  • Deputy John Young
  • Senator Sarah Ferguson
  • Deputy Rowland Huelin
  • Dr Michael Oliver
  • Murray Norton, Chamber of Commerce
  • John Shenton, Institute of Directors

The Board have agreed the scope of their work

The findings of the board will be published by the end of April 2020

Board meetings

​Meeting
​Agenda
​Minutes
​Supporting Papers
Inception Meeting
7 March 2019​
Agreed the Board’s terms of reference, scope and invitees​ Migration Policy Development Board Inception Meeting Minutes 7 March 2019 Terms of Reference
Meeting 2
21 March 2019​
​Presentations on current migration and population controlsMigration Policy Development Board Meeting 2 Minutes 21 March 2019

JCIS ​Presentation Immigration Controls and Work Permits

CLS Presentation Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law

Fiscal Policy Panel Advice for 2020-2023 Government Plan

Meeting 3
4 April 2019​
​Presentations on estimating Government receipts and expenditure from Jersey householdsMigration Policy Development Board Meeting 3 Minutes 4 April 2019

Statistics Jersey Presentation Estimating Government Receipts and Expenditure from Jersey Households

Statistics Jersey Background Report Estimation Government Receipts and Expenditure from Jersey Households

​Meeting 4
18 April 2019
​Presentations on Jersey demographics and Long-term expenditure and revenue model​Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 4 Minutes 18 April 2019

Statistics Jersey Presentation Jersey Resident Population 2017 Estimate

Economics Unit Presentation Long-term Expenditure and Revenue Model

Jersey Population Projections 2016

​Meeting 5
16 May 2019

​Previous population policies & future workflow

Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 5 Minutes 16 May 2019
Migration systems in other parts of the world

Index of average earnings June 2018

Previous Migration Policy 8/12/2018 (withdrawn)

R.109/2018 Social Security Department Minister's Report 2017
​Meeting 6
30 May 2019
​Presentation on Migrants’ access to servicesMigration Policy Development Board Meeting 6 Minutes 30 May 2019

Presentation on Social Security Scheme 30 May 2019

R.109/2018 Social Security Department Minister's Report 2017

Discussion paper on Migrants' access to services 

​​Meeting 7
13 June 2019
​Presentation on Migration: Impact of Skills​Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 7 Minutes 17 June 2019Presentation on Migration: Impact of Skills
Discussion paper on Migration Policy Development Board Skills
​​Meeting 8
27 June 2019
​Presentations on
Island Plan, Housing and Infrastructure

Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 8 Minutes 27 June 2019

Presentation on Island Plan and Housing 27 June 2019

Presentation on Infrastructure 27 June 2019

​Meeting 9
11 July 2019
​Discussion of policy proposal options
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 9 Minutes 11 July 2019
Migration Policy Development Board Policy option proposal presentation
​Meeting 10
6 September 2019
​Discussion on stakeholder engagement
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 10 Minutes 6 September 2019

​Meeting 11 19 September 2019
​Discussion on stakeholder engagement
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 11 Minutes 19 September 2019
​Meeting 12 3 October 2019
​Stakeholder engagement
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 12 Minutes 3 October 2019

​Meeting 13 17 October 2019
Stakeholder engagement
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 13 Minutes 17 October 2019​
​Meeting 14 31 October 2019
​Stakeholder engagement
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 14 31 October 2019
​Meeting 15 21 November 2019
Stakeholder engagement​
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 15 21 November 2019

​Meeting 16
5 December 2019
​Board recommendations
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 16 5 December
​Meeting 17
19 December 2019
​Board recommendations
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 17 19 December 2019 
​Meeting 18
24 January 2020
​Final report discussion
​Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 18 24 January 2020
​Meeting 19 
6 February 2020
​Final meeting
Migration Policy Development Board Meeting 19 6 February 2020

Board findings

The Board has provided a final report of their findings to the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers, which can be found at the top of this page.

Contact us

Submissions to the Migration Policy Development Board have now closed.

Chief Minister establishes the new Migration Policy Development Board

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