Op-eds on FREER immigration paper

David van Rooyen wrote about his new FREER paper for CapX:

‘The aims of immigration policy should be clearly predicated and achievable. To me, an immigration system should be focused on trying to maximise economic advantage by allowing the free movement of people. It should therefore only place restrictions on free movement either to ensure domestic security or to make sure the only financial incentive for immigration is to work.

Two main reforms would make this aim a reality.

First, the reason an immigrant comes to the UK should be irrelevant for the purposes of their application. If all migrants applied through the same migration route, not only would their freedom and flexibility be increased, it would also drastically simplify the immigration system, increasing comprehension and reducing administrative costs.

Second, migrant eligibility requirements as well as migrant entitlements, should be significantly reduced. The immigration system should maximise the freedoms and opportunities available to migrants, but should also place a greater emphasis on self-sufficiency and responsibility.’

Click here to read the full article, on the CapX site.

Meanwhile, FREER Director Rebecca Lowe wrote on the topic for spiked:

‘Immigration policy is a difficult topic – it combines economic, social and cultural concerns. But it is an unavoidable topic, not least for those of us committed to the idea of freedom as a fundamental right and central societal good. The nation state, to some, is inherently restrictive – based on boundaries and ties. To others, like me, it is the best of a bad set of options. It provides necessary protection for our individual liberty. To ban the border may seem superficially liberating, but, in the real world, this cannot but lead to anarchy. We can’t all have what we want, when we want it, where we want it, and people are not widgets to be neatly allocated from on high.’

Click here to read the full article, on the spiked site.