Horse Racing: Migrant Workers

Home Office written question – answered on 16th April 2018.

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Photo of Lord Risby Lord Risby Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the care and riding of thoroughbred racehorses will count as a skilled role and be recognised in future immigration arrangements, following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The precise way in which the Government will control migration to the UK following exit from the EU is yet to be determined.

In July 2017, the Government commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy. The MAC’s call for evidence sought information on EU migrants’ skills, amongst other things, and this will be considered in their final report due in September 2018.

We will build a comprehensive picture of the needs and interests of all parts of the UK, taking account of the evidence from the MAC, and look to develop a system which works for all.

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