Rethink on immigration
Speaking just days before the long-awaited census results are published, Chief Minister Ian Gorst said that ministers were considering revising their annual target for the number of people setting up home in the Island.
Currently, the target for net inward migration – the difference between the number of people moving to Jersey and those leaving the Island – stands at 150 heads of household per year.
The figure, when taking into account family members, translates into about 325 people per year. But Senator Gorst said that the figure – set during the Strategic Plan debate in 2009 –could be reduced to help control population and protect local jobs. This could include reviewing the number of licences that are issued to businesses.
Only two weeks ago it was revealed that a record 1,500 Islanders were now out of work – an increase of 130 on the previous month.