Policy - Immigration
I believe that Jersey has benefited immeasurably from
immigration. People want to come here and work hard and
contribute to our island. I think our diverse society is a huge
benefit for Jersey, but we do have to recognise the pressures that
can be put on public services, schools and hospitals and housing
if immigration in uncontrolled.
And that’s why I think we should have transitional controls, and
yes there should be an overall limit on economic migration from
non-European & European countries. I want our government and
islanders, to talk about this issue in a reasonable, humane and
sensible way and to take the very sensible measures that are
People need to look at the demographics. The current working
population is increasingly ageing.
Our median age of our working population is 41.6, this is too
high. We should be at about 18-19. Our median aged working
population will be retiring and Jersey is facing a huge crisis in
less than 20 years. Our Millenials need action now not later
or we will have mass de-population.
Our economy will be devastated. We don’t want Jersey
turning into an Isle of White with an aged population and
insufficient revenue to support a diverse economy.
We need to address this NOW not later on.
Our working population are the people who make the largest
contribution to tax, which in turn funds services, our hospitals,
police, social housing and income support.
When these people retire there will be added strain on services as
we are all living longer now.
Jersey will suffer if we do not have controlled immigration. This
will have to be measured in terms of people coming in who have
jobs to go to thus bolstering up the tax take.
I would be proposing strong and robust immigration controls.