Cameron to raise number of highly skilled EU migrants entering UK 17th November 2010: Under pressure from political figureheads, law and business firms on the issue of imposing a permanent cap on immigration, the UK is all set to offer some relaxation for helping out the businesses.
In fact, Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to considerably raise the number of highly skilled EU migrants permitted to enter the UK each month.
According to the Daily Telegraph, an anonymous source from within the party said they have listened to the concerns of business and realised that although they need to bring immigration under control, they don’t want to damage the economy. They want the best skilled people from around the world to still come to the UK
Faced from pressure from all sides on the issue of immigration cap, Cameron had only recently signaled the government would let businesses bring in more staff from overseas.
The assertion before business leaders was being seen as a hint from Cameron’s side that the government was considering a softer migrant cap; and the Tories were eventually toning down their tough stance to pacify the Liberal Democrats.
Cameron made clear that planned immigration cap would not ‘impede’ companies recruiting skilled foreign staff.
In his first speech to the CBI as Prime Minister, Cameron said: “Let me give you this assurance – as we control our borders and bring immigration to a manageable level, we will not impede you from attracting the best talent from around the world.”
Cameron told the CBI conference in London: ‘As we control our borders and bring immigration to a manageable level, we will not impede you from attracting the best talent from around the world.’
Reacting to the developments, Downing Street officials clarified there was ‘no change’ in the Government’s stand
The development is significant as Business Secretary Vince Cable only recently warned government plans to cap non–EU Immigration could hamper economic recovery.
Cable is leading the fight against the policy in cabinet, and has warned that the cap could “damage” the company, a claim contested by Downing Street and the Home Office.