To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
1. Notes the Bank of England working paper, The Impact of Immigration on Occupational Wages, and its conclusion that a 10 per cent increase in the proportion of migrants working in semi and unskilled jobs leads, on average, to a 2 per cent cut in wages in those jobs in a particular region.
2. Believes that:
a) a controlled and fair immigration system, placing emphasis on skilled migration, would have significant benefits for the UK economy;
b) public institutions, such as the National Health Service currently depend upon skilled migration from both outside and inside the European Union;
c) uncontrolled, and largely unskilled, immigration from the European Union member states at the current levels is unsustainable;
d) current UK immigration policy gives migrants discrimination in favour of EU nationals to the disadvantage of those from other parts of the world.
3. Calls on the UK Government to introduce a firm but fair system of immigration control which:
a) does not discriminate against non-EU citizens;
b) does not replicate in substance, or in fact, the existing EU or EEA regime for free movement of workers; and
c) seeks to balance immigration and emigration over a five year period.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 15/06/2017
Decision due: Meeting Date by Plenary