Post Brexit Immigration Policy (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/3992
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

According to The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 80% of international architects are from the EU. With a 42% drop in new EU architects registering since 2016 the architecture sector could face a severe talent gap. RIBA’s report Powered by People: Building a Post-Brexit Immigration System for UK Architecture calls for a drastic reform of the UK’s immigration system post-Brexit in order to support the UK’s architecture sector. Given the disproportionally high damage to the building sector including architecture, do you support RIBA and their call for changes in government’s post Brexit immigration proposals? How can you ensure that architects continue to come to London, despite the Governments anti-immigrant rhetoric?

Answer

Post Brexit Immigration Policy (1)

Post Brexit Immigration Policy (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe that the Government Immigration White Paper risks harming jobs and growth across London and the UK. The proposal to restrict future immigration in the Tier 2 skilled route to people earning salaries over £30,000 will be particularly damaging and generate critical skills’ shortages, thereby limiting London’s growth and competitiveness.

I agree with many of RIBA’s recommendations. In particular,  the Government should introduce clear post-study work opportunities and recognise the importance of this to international students graduating in architecture and wanting to complete their training in the UK.

The post-Brexit Immigration system should ensure businesses and organisations in London can continue to attract the talent they need to succeed and to continue to thrive. I believe this is best achieved by the UK remaining in the Single Market.