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Immigration and science in the spotlight

19 June 2018

The Houses of ParliamentToday the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is holding a public oral evidence session on their recent inquiry, 'An immigration system that works for science and innovation'. 

The committee will hear from Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE); Ian Robinson, Partner, Fragomen LLP; Vinous Ali, Head of Policy, techUK; Louise Wren, Policy Manager, Wellcome Trust; and Professor Richard Catlow FRS, Foreign Secretary, Royal Society.

The BSI's Policy Team is also in attendance at the session and submitted written evidence for the committee to consider in its debate. In our submission, we reiterated our key asks that:  

  • The UK must have an immigration system that supports freedom of movement for highly skilled workers and does not impede the ability to recruit and retain researchers from within the EU and internationally.
  • The UK should guarantee the rights of EU researchers currently working in the UK and UK researchers currently working in the EU-27.
  • The UK and the EU must make science and innovation a priority at the negotiating table and reach an early deal in relation to immigration and funding.
  • The Government must continue to reiterate that the UK is open to new talent and is committed to retaining researchers who are already here.

Read BSI's submission on science and immigration


To more about our work on Brexit, please refer to our Brexit briefcase


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