A Jersey politician has raised concerns that there is no "clear vision for the future population" of the island.
Following a scrutiny report on the government's work to develop a population policy, Deputy Jess Perchard says there is no agreement on what they plan to achieve in terms of population size.
We are in dire need of a new Population and Migration policy. There is no doubt that the introduction of such a policy, when it comes, will be welcome. However, in addition to simply having this policy, the content will be of paramount importance to the future economic success of businesses, the environmental sustainability and state of the island, and the mental health and political engagement of Islanders. >
The scrutiny report highlighted that more needs to be done to ensure diversity of the members of the Migration Policy Development Board and to ensure young people and children are given a voice.
That report says that there is a "complicated and confusing" approach to migration as there are different rules for different areas of government.
The Panel has recommended that the Migration Policy Development Board makes a number of changes to its composition, remit, and methodology, and aims to engage and seek as large a range of views as possible.
Suggested changes include:
Giving more consideration to the diversity of the Board
Committing to examining the human rights implications of a new Migration Policy
Doing more to engage children and young people in developing a new migration policy