The MAC has called for evidence to inform its report to the government on the economic and social impacts of Brexit and how the UK's immigration system should be aligned with "a modern industrial strategy".

1. What is the MAC?

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is a highly influential quango that is commissioned by the government to make recommendations about potential changes in immigration policy.

2. What is this Call for Evidence about?

The MAC issued a call for evidence on 4 August 2017. This will be used to inform its report to the government on the economic and social impacts of Brexit and how the UK's immigration system should be aligned with "a modern industrial strategy".

3. Why should we respond?

It is essential that anyone with an interest in future immigration policy responds to this call for evidence. There are lots of different consultations and surveys taking place at the moment, but as the MAC report has been commissioned by the government itself, it is likely to be the most influential. If you want to have a post-Brexit immigration system that takes your needs into account, then it is vital that you make your case to the MAC now.

4. What information does the MAC want?

You can choose to respond to all, or just some, of the MAC's questions, via their website www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-and-briefing-note-eea-workers-in-the-uk-labour-market

5. How can we best present our points?

The MAC says it is seeking “views and evidence", but in practice we know the MAC's focus is on evidence rather than opinion. To be effective, you should try to provide data and examples to support what you are saying. These could be quantitative or qualitative.

6. How do we respond?

Responses can be sent by e-mail to: MAC@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Migration Advisory Committee, 2nd Floor, Peel Building, Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF. Your response will be published on the MAC website and may be mentioned in their report. It will be attributed to the organisation/individual who supplied it. If your draft reply contains confidential information or you wish to remain anonymous, please contact us to discuss this.

7. When is the deadline for responses?

Evidence must be submitted by 27 October 2017.