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The normally hawkish Telegraph newspaper has written an interesting piece singing the praises of immigration almost as surprising as the match result!

Last night Arsenal, England’s most attractive football team, beat Barcelona, the world’s most attractive football team. In doing so, they delivered a powerful riposte to the many anti-immigrationists in the game who claim that the influx of foreign players is doing untold damage to the prospects of young English players and the English national team. And by doing that, they exposed the weakness of the broader arguments for significantly reducing the number of economic migrants entering the UK.

Arguably the best player on the pitch last night was a 19 year old from Hertfordshire called Jack Wilshere; better even than Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi, or World Cup winners Xavi, Iniesta and teammate Fabregas. Yet Wilshere, we keep being told, is exactly the sort of player whose path to greatness is being blocked by immigrants.

In fact, Wilshere’s ascent to the Arsenal first team (like that of Walcott, Gibbs, Ramsey and the rest) demonstrates perfectly the dynamic benefits of open markets. The arrival of foreigners like Bergkamp, Vieira, Henry and Fabregas, far from demoralising the local players in the Arsenal academy, actually inspired them to greater things. New skills were transferred and higher standards set. Productivity rose, and with it performance. Which is why Arsenal’s English players today are so much better at football than their predecessors.

One person who understands only too well the dangers of national quotas and immigration caps is the man who put this Arsenal team together, Arsene Wenger. But that’s probably because he has a degree in economics. Source: The Telegraph.

On the same day as Arsenal match the Home Office announced Tier 2 Working visa reforms under plans to radically overhaul the points system and cap working migrants from April.

However, since the Immigration Minister confirmed that employers filling a vacancy that attracts a salary of £150,000 or more will be exempt from the cap, footballers are unlikely to be affected by the limit on the number of certificate of sponsorship (CoS) that may be allocated. Many top players pocket this much in a single week.

There’s no doubt that foreign players have helped transform the English game, just as other skilled migrants have boosted the UK economy as well as keeping our vital health services running.

See also:

Tier 2 Working visa reforms announced by UK Border Agency

Immigration visa cap grounds Airbus UK recruitment plans

71 shortage occupations to be removed from Tier 2 visas in points-based shake up

MAC’s new list of graduate level occupations for Tier 2

Immigration cap on foreign staff will compromise patient care says NHS

London Mayor’s new attack on UK Immigration Cap

Interim Immigration Cap unlawful High Court Judges Rule

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