IEA responds to Government’s post-Brexit immigration proposals
Christopher Snowdon writes for CapX
Alexander Hammond writes for City AM
“The Government’s decision to bring in a point-based immigration system is likely to have a number of unintended consequences.
“The proposed new immigration system puts too much power in the hands of central government. Businesses need a variety of workers – with a range of skills and salary expectations – and are better placed than the state to decide what is missing from the current labour market.
“The decision to reduce the salary threshold from £30,000 to £25,600 is a welcome move. However, by deliberately focusing on limiting low-skilled migration, the scheme is likely to have a significant negative impact on staffing levels in many industries, including the care system, construction and hospitality, especially in the short-term.
“We need a fairer immigration system that focuses on the public’s actual concerns – such as integration and social cohesion – whilst also maximising the economic benefits that migration can bring.”
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