Mary O’Keeffe
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 necessary. 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.
Email:  info@mary.je Mobile: +44 (0)7797 852273
Mary O’Keeffe
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 necessary. 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.
Email:  info@mary.je Mobile: +44 (0)7797 852273
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