Business groups’ fears notwithstanding, government advisor says cap not harmful

No evidence immigration cap could damage the UK’s economy
13th September 2011: Even as the employers and business groups have time and again issued warnings that immigration cap could put off talented individuals, the government advisor says there was no evidence that it could damage the UK’s economy.
Liberal Democrat too has been claiming the Government’s controversial cap on immigration would harm the economy.

The chief immigration adviser, in fact, made the assertion, as he announced a reduction in the jobs list open to migrants.

Head of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) Professor David Metcalf also revealed plans to reduce the numbers of jobs covered by the shortage occupation list — a route used by the migrant workers to enter the UK.

Once approved by the ministers, the number of posts covered by the list would come down from 260,000 to 190,000. As of now, the list includes roles such as cardiac physiologist or secondary school maths teacher.

Chairman of Migrationwatch, Sir Andrew Green, said there is a growing evidence that business has been crying wolf over immigration controls.

Professor Metcalf  also revealed just half of the work permits available under the cap were being taken up.

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