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In an open letter to The Times, senior scientists have laid out their stark warning to the government that the UK’s position as an international centre for scientific excellence is under threat from government plans to limit immigration.

Nineteen research leaders, including Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust and Sir Peter Knight, President, Institute of Physics, have expressed their serious concerns about the proposals to scrap the right of immigrants from outside the European Economic Area to gain permanent residency when their visas expire.

The government recently issued proposals to classify almost all non-EU economic migrants as ‘guest workers’ and that economic migrants coming from outside the EU to fill skills shortages should be expected to stay no longer than five years, with the exception of those who earn more than £150,000 per year or who work in the sports sector.

The government claims that this policy initiative will discourage over-reliance on foreign workers, and will contribute to the wider aim of significantly reducing net migration by the next election.

“The Government is proposing to end the right of migrants to settle in the UK”, the letter states, “effectively forcing the vast majority to leave the country after five years. This policy would be a profound mistake, jeopardising our position as a hub for the world’s finest scientists and engineers.”

The research leaders point out that nearly half of all UK researchers collaborate with overseas colleagues, while migrant scientists such as Andre Geim, Konstantin Novoselov and Venki Ramakrishnan have all won Nobel prizes while working in UK research settings.

The letter concludes with a warning to the UK government “When the best international researchers decide where to work they will consider the prospects for their careers and families.”

“If they cannot be confident of a stay longer than five years — barely long enough to supervise a PhD, let alone a major research programme — then we will be ruled out as a destination. The Government must decide how much it values our scientific prosperity.” Source: Relocate.

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  1. One of the proofs that blaming the unemployment rate in the UK on Romanian immigrants is nonsensical and discriminatory: Sir George Iacobescu, one of the most successful Romanian born and British business leaders in the world, CEO and Chairman of Canary Wharf Group, the second financial centre of London, was bestowed the rank of Knight Bachelor at Buckingham Palace for services to Charity, Community and the Financial Services Industry. Iacobescu was head of the company which began the building of the financial centre Canary Wharf in 1987. As a result of the activity of the Canary Wharf Group (CWG), created in 1997 and having Sir George as chief executive, an enormous contribution has been made to London being at the centre of the business world and to the way the city looks today. There are quite a lot of other examples like this but I believe even this alone would make up completely for any jobs that have supposedly been lost due to the arrival of Romanian immigrants in the UK! Everybody seems to forget that some of the immigrants actually create jobs, some are great artists who enrich the cultural scene etc:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/constructionandproperty/9014981/Sunday-interview-Canary-Wharf-Group-chief-executive-Sir-George-Iacobescu.html

    see also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8SSRW3LEfw&feature=share

    Britain has abused the Free Movement Directive in the European Union for more than five years. It takes five or six months for a Romanian or Bulgarian to obtain a work permit and it is extremely difficult for Romanian or Bulgarian students, for instance, to follow courses in the UK as they are not allowed a part-time job without a yellow card. In fact, without a permit they are not even allowed to have a student internship or do voluntary work! It is absolutely outrageous : according to EU regulations, Britain shouldn’t even ask for a permit from any citizen of the EU member countries. A shameful form of discrimination that has been going on for quite a long time!! (more here:
    http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/uk-faces-fine-from-eu-over-immigration-and-free-movement-restrictions-on-eastern-europeans.html).

    Vote for this petition to make it stop!
    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2899

  2. P Dgeneres says :

    Kev, who claims he will kill himself if the UK proceeds swith the right to protect itself, is just the kind of idiot the UK does not need. Go be an idiot somewhere else! I don’t expect this comment to be published, but it will be read.

  3. I will kill myself if these new laws come into place and take my family from me,

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