The Home Office clampdown on non-EU immigration is damaging Britain’s economy, a Government report warned this week.
UK Trade and Investment, a Government agency which works to attract foreign companies to Britain, said the policy was making their job harder by putting off potential investors.
The Government has pledged to reduce net immigration to “the tens of thousands”, although the latest figures show it is running at around 250,000 per year.
The UKTI report says Government immigration policy is the biggest concern cited by companies thinking about doing business in Britain. It ranks ahead of taxation, red tape and planning rules.
A spokesman said: “The ability to attract high value foreign direct investment is central to the potential for growth in the UK.”
Home Secretary Theresa May is believed to be under pressure from Cabinet colleagues to soften her immigration crackdown and relax the rules for foreign workers looking to take up jobs in the UK.
She is also being urged to exclude lucrative tax revenue generating foreign students from the immigration cap as it cuts multi-million pound income for universities and colleges.
Last week a cross-party group of British Members of Parliament (MPs) joined University Chancellors in warning that overseas students should be excluded from net migration figures to avoid causing irreparable damage to Britain’s world class education sector.
Some 68 university chancellors who claimed that the UK’s Tier 4 visa immigration policy risked damaging the UK universities and genuine students could be discouraged from applying.
Non-EU migrants are not alone in being discouraged from coming to the UK. The UK Border Agency has huge backlogs of cases, highlighted in a critical Home Affairs Committee report this week. Chairman Keith Vaz said the massive backlog of outstanding immigration cases was ‘equivalent to the population of Newcastle’.
Tier 2 workers, Tier 4 students and Bulgarian and Romanian yellow card applicants are all being affected by UK Border Agency’s service levels, which union leaders say are the result of staff cuts.
But any U-turns will be opposed by Tory backbenchers, who see a tough anti-immigration stance as a vote-winner.
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