Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Immigration cap will hurt recovery, says CBI

The CBI is set to urge the Government not to strangle business with a heavy-handed cap on immigration.

It is arguing that the coalition should limit the number of students entering the country before it closes the doors to skilled professionals.

It will also warn that the current rules are not working. A cap on non-EU immigration was a cornerstone of the Conservative election campaign, and the new Government is expected to introduce limits in April next year. But CBI, the business lobbying group, which submits its proposals on the cap today, called for the Government to ensure that the immigration system is designed in a way that supports the economic recovery.

John Cridland, the CBI's deputy director-general, said: “As the economy gears up for growth, the UK must demonstrate that it is open for business. Companies must be able to access the best and brightest talent from around the world.”

The Government already introduced a temporary cap, which was criticised by the Business Secretary Vince Cable, who this month said “a lot of damage is being done to British industry”.

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