Home secretary Theresa May today announced that there is to be a temporary cap on the number of non-EU migrants entering the UK. These restrictions will allow 24,100 workers from outside Europe to enter Britain before April 2011.
Habib Rahman, chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said: “Theresa May’s temporary cap will damage the economy at a critical time.
“We can scarcely afford to knock back the investment and the specialist skills that our current immigration system allows. It would be economic suicide to restrict the numbers of international students who currently pay between £5.3 billion and £8 billion in fees and costs.
“The cap is unnecessary. Numbers are already falling due to the recession. Labour banned so called low skilled migrants from non-EU countries coming to find work and put in place measures to protect the resident labour force.”
He added: “The question now is whether the Conservatives will really turn round to companies like KPMG and say ‘we’ve reached 24,100 people, your expert on economics from China cannot work from your London office’. This would be absurd.”
JCWI has launched the I Love Migrants Campaign which includes 10 key facts showing why migration has been good for Britain. The campaign shows how migration has benefitted Britain economically, socially and culturally.