Recent talks have raised the question of scrapping the shortage occupation list, a system allowing special visas for much-needed jobs. The Home Office is contemplating suggestions to do away with this list, covering roles like ballet dancers, care workers, and engineers.
The big concern? Net migration hit a whopping 745,000 a year, sparking Cabinet discussions on how to handle it. While Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick leans towards strict caps on numbers, others like Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary James Cleverly are cautious, thinking the situation might be cooling off already.
Jenrick’s pushing for real action, planning a comprehensive fix to ease pressure on services like the NHS and schools.
But not everyone’s on board. Ex-home secretary Suella Braverman thinks promises to lower migration levels aren’t being kept. Pressure’s mounting on Jenrick to unveil reforms soon. His hint about plans being delayed last Christmas shows there’s some urgency.
Decisions on wider immigration changes are waiting on discussions about the Rwanda scheme over at Downing Street.
Meanwhile, Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg is warning about potential electoral fallout if migration issues aren’t sorted. He’s disappointed the government hasn’t met migration targets.
As this unfolds, it’s a complex tale in the world of immigration. Stay tuned for updates on this evolving discussion.