`Economies and countries must allow talent to move freely’
13th July 2010: Raising concerns about the impact of immigration caps introduced by countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, immigration experts are now asserting locking the door is not the answer. They are also describing as “wrong” the policy of placing a cap on skilled migrants.
Liam Clifford of Global Visas, an immigration company, says all major economies are locking down their labour markets. This short sighted protectionist approach makes it difficult for local employers to secure the talent they need to remain competitive.
The policy of capping skilled migrants is wrong and the fact is if there are no jobs skilled migrants will simply not come. Economies and countries must allow talent to move freely and compete for that talent in an open market. Locking your door is not the answer.
The experts are also asserting that the UK immigration cap limit immigration from outside the EU, but will also limit the flexibility of firms to bring workers into the UK.
The worse affected will be the Indian IT companies bringing workers into the UK for limited periods for working on projects.
Already, 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 only recently met British Prime Minister David Cameron and aired the concerns of Indian industry.
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.
Besides this, US-based companies using the UK as their European bases will also receive a direct hit, as it will become tougher to move workers into the country.