U.K. PM David Cameron proposes new restrictions on non-EU skilled-worker immigration
- With non-EU migration to the U.K. having increased to 290,000 in 2014, Cameron has proposed increasing the base salary threshold, further restricting eligible job functions and industries, and a “skills levy” on companies hiring non-nations to be put towards domestic apprenticeships.
- Net migration stands at 318,000 and Cameron’s government hopes to get it below 100,000.
- Some in the business community have complained that the government’s anti-immigration stance hurts the country’s global competitiveness and economic growth.
“We understand the public’s concerns around immigration, but limiting highly skilled workers from coming to the UK is not the answer. They bring their skills and ideas to this country, pay their taxes here and boost growth. We need to keep up-skilling our population, but at the same time as attracting the best and brightest global talent.”
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