Mr Green said that “\’We will rigorously defend this challenge and are confident of success. The government has been clear: we will introduce our permanent annual limit on economic migrants from outside the EU from April 2011. While we decide how the annual limit should operate, it is imperative that we have interim measures in place to avoid a rush of applications from migrants before the new rules take effect. We are fully committed to reduce the level of net migration back down to the levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands each year, not hundreds of thousands. Introducing a limit on migrants from outside Europe coming here to work is just one of the ways we intend to achieve this.\’
Opposition to the Immigration Cap
The JCWI are not the only ones to oppose the cap with many top businesses, lawyers and bankers concerned that the cap will have a hugely detrimental effect on the UK Economy. A spokesperson for GlaxoSmithKline said that \”GSK understands the government\’s aim of reducing migration to manageable levels in the UK. However, it is very important that this doesn\’t inadvertently prevent global businesses based in the UK, such as GSK, from moving employees with specialist skills – often key talent – between our sites in different countries. In addition, occasionally we need to recruit new individuals based outside the EU for roles in the UK. We understand the government is sympathetic to these concerns and we are engaging with them during the consultation process on the detail of the proposals.\”
The Deputy Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, John Cridland, also said that \”The figures used [to set the temporary Immigration Cap] were artificially low as they were based on numbers at the height of the recession in 2009. As firms are gearing up for growth, some are finding that they are only able to use a handful of non-EU specialist staff.\”
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