The former Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), has slammed UK immigration policy for allowing an ‘unlimited’ supply of migrant labor from the European Union (EU).
Long worth claims that ‘easy access’ to EU workers has stopped some UK companies from training home-grown workers because it’s quicker and cheaper to recruit EU migrants. “Britain risks becoming a low-wage, low-skilled, low-productivity economy because of EU free movement rules. UK immigration policy is the worst of all worlds.”
It seems that most business leaders are in support of Britain remaining in the UK. From a business point of view access to more potential employees is surely a good thing. The usual UK Immigration visa system makes it difficult and expensive applying for UK visas. There has also been criticism of the unjust and unfair way in which the Tier 2 visa sponsorship licence system and Tier 2 visa system and other UK visa categories are operated.
Brexit Immigration Policy bad for Britain
The chief executive of Business for New Europe – Britain’s leading pro-European business coalition–warned that Brexit would be ‘devastating’ for trade and argued that Vote Leave’s immigration policy would tie UK companies up in more red tape.
“One of the more concerning things about immigration, and I had this discussion with the governor of the Bank of England a number of times last year, is the downward pressure on wages in the UK which, at this point in the economic cycle, should be rising now.”
“A lot of corporate really gave up training. If you’ve got an unlimited supply of cheap labor from the EU, you don’t really need to bother training people.”In Long worth’s opinion, this lack of investment and training has caused productivity problems.
“There are potential directional issues there where the economy is moving towards a low-wage, low-skilled, low-productivity economy, which is exactly what we don’t want”.
EU means UK immigration unable to bring in skilled workers from outside the EU
Long worth says that migration from the European Union means that the public already thinks immigration is too high. This in turn means that the public will not accept more immigration from other parts of the World to enable Britain to required skills from outside of the EU. “The British public believe migration numbers are too high and public services are at breaking point.”
Vote Leave Campaign in favor of “Australian-style”immigration points system
Top Vote Leave backers favor an Australian-style points system. Australian immigration is notorious for treating asylum seekers badly. It’s worth pointing out that Britain currently operates a points-based system. For instance, the Tier 2 visa category is points-based.
Commenting on the idea of an Australian-style points system, “It would create another regulatory burden for business. Furthermore, the Brexit camp has not given any idea of how many migrants they think the country would need.”