UK’s Biggest Employers Criticise Migration Policy, Threaten Offshoring

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The planned cap on migration to the UK came under fire from some of the UK’s most influential employers at a forum hosted by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

They agreed that moving operations offshore was the most logical solution

The planned cap on migration to the UK came under fire from some of the UK’s most influential employers at a forum hosted by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

The Forum for Expatriate Management, held Thursday (September 2), allowed business leaders to voice their concerns about the government’s planned migration cuts.

Despite strong opposition, UKBA and MAC representatives reasserted their determination to reduce the net migration figure into the UK to under 100,000 migrants. The figure currently stands at 196,000.

In an at times heated debate, influential business leaders indicated if they could not access UK work permits their next step was to move operations offshore in order to gain access to highly skilled workers.

Global Visas director Liam Clifford, who attended the conference, said the general consensus among business leaders was that offshoring was the only available option.

“The business community could continue to moan about this, but it appears it won’t resolve any of the issues that these companies will face if skilled labour migration is restricted. The focus must now change from lobbying to seeking solutions to the expected shortage of skilled workers. They agreed that moving operations offshore was the most logical solution,” he said.

Clifford said business leaders were aware of the damage to the economy offshoring will cause, but they had little choice.

“Most attendees agreed this will have a massive impact on the treasury’s recovery, however businesses must have continuity plans in place if they wish to survive,” he said.

UKBA representative Ian Robinson justified the Agency’s stance by citing figures which suggested net migration figures had increased substantially year-on-year since 2000. The UKBA’s position is that the people of Britain voted in a new Government, and therefore supported its policies.

Business leaders openly condemned the policy, suggesting many organisations were already planning offshore operations, and that the impact of this mass exodus would cost the UK treasury billions.

As well as UKBA representative Ian Robinson, the forum was attended by MAC representatives Stephen Earl and Vanna Aldin. The business leaders in attendance chose to remain anonymous.

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