The Economic Times of India has reported on Britain’s new call for curbs on migrant workers, as UK authorities this week urged companies to stop their “addiction” to recruiting foreign workers and hire local workers instead.
Thousands of Indian and other professionals migrate to the UK under the ‘intra-company transfer’ and other routes, which is seen by some as a loophole to avoid the immigration cap.
Speaking to Financial Times, Immigration Minister Damian Green claimed that the UK economy had become “addicted to immigration” and needed to kick the habit.
He said: “Like all addictions, it takes some time to wean people off but it’s good for you to be weaned off an addiction and it will be good for business in the long run if we have more of an instinct that’s…Let’s find a British worker and, if necessary, let’s train a British worker’.”
Denying criticism from business and industry leaders that tighter immigration rules were affecting the growth of the UK economy since it made it harder to recruit workers with the necessary skills, Green insisted that some sector will need to train more British workers and recruit them.
Green added: “If you have skills and talents that Britain needs, then absolutely, we welcome you with open arms. If you haven’t, then we don’t.”
Home Office figures show that the annual limit for non-EU workers of 21,700 has been under-subscribed, while the uncapped ‘intra-company transfer’ route has allowed in many Indian and other non-EU professionals.
Green last proposed setting a limit of £35,000 pounds annual salary for non-EU workers to qualify for permanent residency (ILR) in the UK at the end of the qualifying period of five years.
The problem for the government, which has pledged to slash net migration, is the unstoppable influx of EU migrants from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
Because the British authorities hands are tied by EEA laws, the recent visa changes do not affect EU migrants or Bulgarians and Romanians exercising treaty rights to study and work in the UK on Yellow Cards.
Non-EU students have also been hit by new measures to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament.
International non-EU students are currently allowed work in the UK for 2 years after their studies have finished under the Tier 1 PSW (Post-study work) route. But from 6 April, a more ‘selective’ system will be implemented restricting the right to stay to international graduates who qualify under new rules.
Only those who ‘graduate from a university’, and have a skilled job offer with a minimum salary of £20,000 (or more in some cases) from a reputable employer accredited by the UK Border Agency, will be allowed to continue living and working in the UK.
At present there is still confusion over the rights of foreign students, some of whom can work 20 hours per week and some who cannot work at all, dependants of students and Romanians and Bulgarians.
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