The review's purpose is to ensure Guernsey has a population management regime that can respond quickly to the island's changing economic, social and environmental demands and support recovery.
This review was identified as a priority by the States during the recent Government Work Plan debate.
As part of the review, it is acknowledged that there is a need to limit immigration and restrict population growth and manage pressure on public services, housing stock and the environment. It also recognises there is a need to access an off-island workforce to address to local skills and manpower shortages to maintain services in light of the demographic shift in the island and to foster economic growth.
Objectives of the review include:
- Analysis of what the size of Guernsey's economically active working population will need to be in order to maintain sustainable economic growth over the medium to long term, taking into account the projected demographic changes that could impact on the availability of local labour
- Interdependencies between population and immigration and the impact of Brexit and membership of the Common Travel Area on immigration rights and migration flows
- Analyse the skills needed to support economic recovery and growth
- Encourage new business and support entrepreneurship, recognising the need for flexibility to allow companies to expand their workforce and recruit off-island
The steering group's membership includes the Presidents of the Committees for Home Affairs, Policy & Resources, Economic Development, Education, Sport & Culture, Employment & Social Security and industry representatives.
The terms of reference were published on 15 October 2021 and can be found in the downloads section of this page.