Our 'principles' are not foundational philosophical positions but rather axioms that could guide a realistic but values-based approach to policymaking, and they suggest tests that could be applied to judge the success of migration policy from a progressive perspective.
The principles fall into three categories:
Foundations for a fair and democratic migration policy
- Establish clear democratic accountability for migration policy
- Ensure that migration policy and its implementation are governed by the rule of law
- Put human rights and equality at the heart of policymaking
- Focus on delivery and competence - for its own sake, and for public confidence.
Progressive objectives for migration policy
- Measure what can be measured - policy should aim to increase net economic and fiscal benefits
- Take account of what is less easily measured, but still crucial - cultural and social costs and benefits
- Remember that distribution matters - avoid policies which exacerbate inequality, and manage the impacts of migration on vulnerable groups and communities
- Look beyond the UK - seek to increase net benefits in developing countries.
Realism about outcomes
- Accept that numbers matter - the pace and pattern of migration flows are important
- Be realistic - understand what governments can and can't control, and don't make promises that can't be kept.
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