The Progress Party – Comment on the draft Common Population Policy

Jan 8, 2022

The island is currently operating under the existing Control of Housing and Work Law regulations that provide for Entitled for work, Entitled, Registered or Licensed.

Under the current requirements anyone working in the island under a licensed or registered permission for 5 years automatically becomes ‘ entitled ‘ and can stay in the island working for whoever they wish.

The States Assembly debated P.137/2021 last year and agreed a series of new work permits that would introduce both a 9 month and 4 year permission that would not lead to permanent residence status , a 10 year permission that does not lead to permanent residence and a long term permit that would lead to permanent residence. The Assembly also agreed other improvements to the law such as introducing an expert panel to advise on population matters.

Unfortunately not only has the Alliance led government failed to meet their end of 2021 deadline to debate the draft Common Population Policy, they have also failed to lodge the amendments to the Control and Housing and Work Law that would have provided for the new permit system in the timeframe that was given and have now said they will be lodged ‘ possibly ‘ next week.

This means the new permit system will not be debated until the 1st March at the earliest. This is getting dangerously close to the end of this political term and just provides a level of uncertainty that businesses don’t need right now.

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