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Immigration cap under renewed criticism from countries having stake in UK

Ministers cautioned of dire consequences, if they fail to reorganize the policy


5th September 2011:
The cap on immigration has come under renewed criticism from countries having stake in the UK.
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The Ministers have, in fact, been cautioned of dire consequences, if they fail to reorganize the policy.

Reports indicate Japanese companies could move out of the UK, as the Government tightens the screws around immigration.

The Japanese Embassy has, in fact, told the Government’s Migration Advisory Council MAC that Japanese companies could pull out of the UK.

The Royal Bank of Canada has also warned that a stiff cap could "irrevocably damage Britain’s reputation as an international business hub".

The British business groups too are continuously airing their concern over the direction of Government policy, even as concessions have been made on issues such as intra-company transfers.

Expat groups, particularly those from Commonwealth countries, have also disapprove of the plans, which could cut the number of workers coming from those countries by thousands.
 
The employment affairs director at the CBI, Neil Carberry, said the ability to base highly skilled foreign staff in the UK helps to attract investment that also supports British jobs. With numbers in the employer-sponsored work permit system already relatively low, there is little evidence that this part of the system should be the government’s key priority on controlling migration.

He added they should want to attract these people to come and retaining a route to settlement is a key part of that, although businesses don’t object to having a more formal points test for the right to settle."

The director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, said any Government moves to reduce net immigration must not harm the UK’s competitiveness.

"While we support the prioritisation of investors and those who have a clear job offer over those who don’t, we must allow global talent into the UK.

"Evidence suggests that skilled migrants make a positive economic contribution to UK plc. Business has no problem with tighter eligibility criteria and enforcement of the rules, but closing the door on individuals with critical skills could seriously harm business growth at a time when the economic recovery should be the top priority."

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