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Will the immigration cap fit?

Poser of the month

24 November 2010: Tory MPs have claimed that the announced plan to cap immigration would help meet David Cameron’s pledge to cut immigration to “tens of thousands” by 2015.


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Some of the business houses too claim the cap will go a long way in achieving the right balance by letting skilled foreigners fill job shortages in British firms.

On the other hand, Shadow Home Secretary has Ed Balls dubbed the announcement a “con” to let company transfers go on.

The Scottish Government claimed Home Office plans to cap immigration were just not right for the country.

External Affairs Minister Fiona Hyslop said they were deeply concerned about the damaging impact the annual limit would have on the Scottish economy.

She said Scottish businesses, employers, universities and the NHS share their concerns that the UK proposal was not right for Scotland.

Colleges have also warned Home Secretary Theresa May over curb on student visas. Already, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has asserted that the cap on immigration would apparently not fit.

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Mixed reaction to immigration cap

Immigration capped: Annual limit of 21,700 under skilled, highly skilled routes