Migrant Workers: EU Nationals

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the effect on the productivity of the hospitality sector of the reduction in EU net migration to the UK.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

We have not made an assessment of the effect of a reduction in EU net migration on the productivity of the hospitality sector. The Government remains committed to improving productivity, as set out in its Industrial Strategy.

The Government has been clear that after the UK leaves the EU, free movement will end but migration between the UK and the EU will continue. The UK will remain an open and tolerant country; one that recognises the valuable contribution migrants make to our society.

We recognise that international migrants make a significant contribution to the hospitality sector, which continues to grow and is supported by the record numbers of inbound visitors to the UK (39.2 million in 2017, 4% more than in 2016). We have encouraged the sector to feed views into the Migration Advisory Committee's call for evidence, including a granular understanding of the roles in tourism with domestic skills gaps

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