Will David Cameron listen to warning from startup bosses against immigration clampdown?

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The UK government is yet to respond to an open letter from a consortium of UK startup bosses warning against plans to curb the numbers of skilled migrants.

Last October Britain’s most successful technology entrepreneurs warned that a clampdown could curb the growth of the UK’s digital economy.

More than 230 technology start-ups and investors including the founders of, TransferWise, Zopa, Unruly, Crowdcube, Nutmeg and Shazam, signed the open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to reconsider plans to place further restrictions on skilled migration.

The government has been keen on reducing “significantly” the number of non-EU skilled workers allowed to come to Britain.

“The UK has become a global tech hub thanks in large to start-up founders and employees from across the globe, including many of us who were not born in Britain but choose to invest our time and talents here,” stated the letter. “We call on you to ensure that any future changes to the immigration system make it easier, not harder, for qualified digital entrepreneurs to come to the UK to start their business and for growing start-ups to hire top international talent.”

Who knows whether and when the government will listen to this warning from startup bosses against immigration clampdown.

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