Common Population Policy Review

Scrutiny review - Migration and Population Review Panel

Launch date: 16/12/2021

Review status: Call for evidence

What is the review about?

On 4 November 2020, the States Assembly approved P.120/2020 Migration and Population Data (as amended) lodged by Deputy Jess Perchard. The proposition committed the Council of Ministers to bringing forward a Migration Policy for debate by the States Assembly.

This work has been subject to a phased approach and on 3 March 2021 the States Assembly approved P.137/2020 – Migration Control Policy (as amended) lodged by the Council of Ministers. The proposition,  based on the findings and recommendations of the Migration Policy Development Board report, approved outline changes to the Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 to provide more responsive controls to migrations and paved the way for amendments to be made to that law. P.137/2020 was subject to a review by this Panel culminating in a report: S.R.6/2021 – Migration Control Policy (Phase 1). Five of the nine recommendations made by the Panel were accepted with a two considered for acceptance.

In addition to the migration controls, the Chief Minister was tasked with the development of a separate but associated common population policy for Jersey. 

An in-committee debate was held on 24 March 2021 to seek the Assembly’s views on the themes that would be considered important in formulating a population policy. The analysis of that debate was presented in R.99/2021 – States Assembly In-Committee debate 24th March 2021 Analysis. In the period since the in-committee debate the Government of Jersey has also conducted a public consultation on population policy and themes.

Throughout the Phase 1 review and the subsequent hearings with the Assistant Chief Minister and Officers in the lead up to the presentation of the Population Policy (and of the forthcoming CHWL amendments) fundamental concerns have been:
  • the accuracy and availability of the necessary data to form a policy
  • the ongoing impact on industry and all employers of both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic
  • the rights of workers who come to live and work in Jersey.
This review will focus on P.116/2021 Common Population Policy. If it is required, a second review will be launched following the lodging of the Control of Housing and Work Law amendments which will be the subject of a separate scoping document.


Review progress

The Panel is currently seeking views of members of the public and organisations, having issued a call for evidence. The Panel is particularly interested in receiving comments to the following questions:
  • Is the proposed inaugural Common Population Policy fit for purpose?
  • Is it suitable to ask the Council of Ministers to include its policy on population in future Government Plans from 2023 onwards?
  • Did you have ample opportunity to take part in the formation of the proposed policy?
  • Are there areas that the proposed policy does not provide guidance on?
  • What will be the ongoing impact of the policy?
  • What actions do you believe Islanders, businesses and the Government of Jersey need to take to meet the proposed policy?
  • Is there sufficient reasoning behind the conclusion that it is premature to set any specific population target?


Terms of reference

The Common Population Policy review by the Panel will provide an assessment of P.116/2021 – Common Population Policy.

The Panel will:

  1. Examine whether the Common Population Policy fulfils the commitments set out in P.120/2020.
  2. Evaluate the rationale used to develop the Common Population Policy.
  3. Assess the analysis of the public consultation and its representation in the proposed policy.
  4. Evaluate the proposed policy’s fitness for purpose.



Call for evidence


Submissions


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