The 2015-2019 Strategic Plan for the City of London, speaks to ‘Growing Our Economy’ as one of the areas of focus to strengthen London’s workforce. With an aging population and declining birth rates, creating increased supports for the attraction, retention and integration of Newcomers, including international students, foreign trained professionals and multigenerational immigrants, was identified by the City as a top priority for Londoners, City Council and Civic Administration.
Choose London – Innovative, Vibrant and Global: London’s Newcomer Strategy is a community driven strategy, led by the City of London. It is the product of a broad consultation process with multiple stakeholders and statistical and literature reviews. This Strategy identifies three strategic priorities: Enhance Awareness, Facilitate Access and Active Engagement. Each of these strategic priorities is supported by the activities as set out in the work plan. The activities are aimed at creating a necessary drive towards meeting quantitative targeted outcomes relating to Newcomer attraction and retention to sustain and increase economic growth.
Although quantitatively meeting the labour and population growth needs of the city are key to ensuring healthy economic growth, it also important not to lose sight of the value of diversity of thought and a global outlook that Newcomers bring to the city. This enriches a society in so many ways beyond economics. There is also an opportunity to more effectively explore the skill sets that refugees bring with them and how those skill sets could be used to fill current labour market gaps.
Newcomer Strategy Appendices: