Give tax-breaks to `highly mobile’ immigrants, lest they `re-migrate’: report

Almost 1million migrants are apprehended to leave the UK over the next five years



Tags: IPPR, Sir Andrew Green, Tim Finch


6th August 2009: Give incentives to the migrants, lest they ‘re-migrate’ to countries like China and India. The incentives could include tax breaks, suggests the latest report by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Apprehending almost 1 million migrants who came to the UK will leave over the next five years, the IPPR has categorically asserted the immigrants have made a huge impact on the UK over the past 30 years. They have, rather, played a vital role in the country’s economy; and as such incentives should be introduced to persuade the highly mobile individuals to stay back. The report also recommends that the highly skilled migrants, committed to remain here, should be given extra points.

It is believed that the highly mobile individuals are the brightest of the foreign workers. They stay in Britain for less than four years; and move several times in their lifetimes to take advantage of globalization.

Quoting statistics, the report says recession will compel more than 950,000 migrants to leave the UK over the next five years. The number of migrants arriving each year will either fall or ‘at least stabilise’.

The authors also foresee that the number of migrants leaving the UK over the next two years is likely to be ‘around or above 200,000 and is likely to remain above 150,000 for at least the next five years’. As a result, the net migration, the number arriving in the UK compared with those leaving, will fall from its current level of around 200,000, but it will not go into reverse swing.

The report adds about half the six million immigrants who arrived here in the past 30 years have since left. IPPR’s head of migration Tim Finch says the migration debate in the UK is fixated with the idea that immigrants come to settle and not enough attention has been paid to the fact that more and more immigrants are spending only short periods in the UK.

The study also suggests efforts should be made to persuade Australians and New Zealanders, who arrive in Britain as part of the “Big Overseas Experience”, to remain permanently.

It also recommends the extension of schemes to help students find work. Besides this, the report also suggests that it be made easier for skilled migrants to renew their visas or work permits and for their families to join them in the UK.

Reacting to the report, chairman of the campaign group MigrationWatch UK Sir Andrew Green says re-migration is the least of their problems, which is absence of effective limits on immigration, often from countries where wages are a fraction of those in the UK. The result is intense public concern about the prospect of 70million people on this island in the next 20 years.

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