As Eastern European workers return home in droves, how will the care sector recruit sufficient numbers of staff to fill their vacancies for care workers, which are already on the Government’s official Shortage Occupations list?
Immigration figures released by the Home Office this week show that last year the total number of ‘A8’ citizens coming to Britain from the former Eastern Bloc states dropped by more than a quarter from 109,000 to 79,000. But the numbers heading back to their homelands more than doubled, from 25,000 to 66,000.
In order to recruit staff from outside the UK employers must register as Sponsors under Tier 2 of the Points based system.
Whilst immigration is still a political ‘hot potato’, the Government must not forget that independent care homes still depend heavily on Filipino, Indian and African workers, many on student visas, to look after their vulnerable residents. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY.
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The Home Office this week published annual immigration statistics for 2008 and quarterly immigration figures for April to June 2009, covering migration from Eastern Europe, asylum applications and removals and voluntary departures.
Many people forget that the British are a nation of migrants, travelling, settling and in the past colonising almost every corner of the globe. It is estimated that around six million Brits are living abroad for more than one year at any given time and one place they are making their mark is the Philippines.
Tributes have been pouring in from around the world for immigration reformer and peoples champion Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy who died of a brain tumour yesterday age 77.
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