2nd largest investor in UK, India expresses concern on immigration cap

Indian professionals claim it’s unworkable

30th June 2010:
Responding to the introduction of cap on non-European Union immigration by the UK, India has expressed its “concern” on behalf of the industry.

India’s Commerce minister Anand Sharma, who met British Prime Minister David Cameron aired the concerns of Indian industry. 

Sharma called on Cameron at 10 Downing Street. This was the first high level visit to UK by an Indian minister after formation of the new government.

He made it clear that the industry was worried that the new rules against non-EU immigration might have an impact on the Indian companies, which had heavily invested in the UK, particularly in the service sector.

Anand also laid emphasis on the importance of enhancing greater people-to-people contact, which he said was crucial for the service industry, especially the IT sector.

India is the second largest investor and also has 500 Indian companies in the country.

Meanwhile, the Director of Highly skilled Migrant Programm (HSMP) Forum Amit Kapadia said the government’s move to impose an illogical cap would be opposed. According to him, any sort of cap would be unworkable. If the government tried to implement drastic measures, it was going to cause unhappiness, especially among migrants working hard and paying taxes, he asserted.

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