Gives a call against closing doors on enterprising immigrants 1st September 2011: Leeds businessman and the chairman of the Asian Business Development Network Arshad Chaudhry believes restricting skilled workers, students and entrepreneurs from non-EU counties will not help an already struggling economy out of its malaise.
In his comments carried by the Yorkshire Post, Chaudhry has, in fact, categorically given a call against closing the doors on enterprising immigrants
Referring to the net immigration, Chaudhary has asserted virtually all the increase is due to inward migration from Eastern Europe due to high unemployment in those countries.
Coming out with statistics, he says there are 555,000 Polish workers in the UK, more than the Irish and Indians. These are all economic migrants.
He says further stringent measures will have to be adopted by the Government to bring down the levels and the emphasis is likely to fall on migrants from non-EU countries, skilled workers and students. This, he believes, is because these are the only groups of migrants that the Government has the ability to influence.
But at the same time, the need is not the issue of migration as a political football to score points. The economic case for migration has to be considered.
He says the coalition has already restricted migrants from non-EU countries, particularly those from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. These comprise of dependants and students, not economic migrants making British workers redundant.
His comments in the Yorkshire Post read: Many migrants from the Indian sub-continent are entrepreneurs who add value to UK Plc, starting businesses and regenerating inner cities by creating jobs. This contributes £37bn to the economy.
He says the Asian entrepreneurs have also brought along with them the energy and passion, in the process transforming the economic scene of the country.
In fact, the ones arriving in the UK with little more than the clothes they were wearing are now well-established and prominent in business and professional life.
Quoting the example of Yorkshire, he says in a generation or two, they have witnessed the renaissance of decaying inner cities.
Restrictions on students coming from the sub-continent is putting economic pressure on British universities who were charging them full unsubsidised fees.
He adds the Asian immigrants saw Britain as their home; they slogged and established small businesses. Over the years, little corner shops thrived and changed the economic landscape of the country.
He suggests looking ahead, some method of restraining economic migration needs to be found. Possibly charging immigrants a fee which they are obliged to repay out of their earnings in the UK. The fees could be used to support entrepreneurship. This should also encourage skilled migrants seeking higher earnings and have less of an impact on the UK unemployment rate.