Kings Court Chambers, Birmingham, Issues Case Study on UK Immigration Cap Affecting British Economy.

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An in-depth investigation from Kings Court Chambers, Birmingham, regarding the impact of the UK Immigration Cap implemented in April 2012. 8 months and the results are in.

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The aim of this investigation was to highlight to the Government that introducing such a strong stance on UK Immigration, all in the pursuit of reducing numbers, may in the long run do more harm than good.

On December 5th 2012, Kings Court Chambers launched an investigation into the affect that the UK Immigration cap, enforced back in April 2012, has had on the British economy, uncovering facts and figures revealing the impact that new rules have had on Britain’s businesses.

In recent weeks, press coverage of UK Immigration has been high profile, with revelations of cover ups, failings and further quick fire rule changes in order to combat growing criticism, but instead inviting further criticism, leading to a damning report being issued by UK Borders and Immigration Chief Inspector, John Vine.

Businesses in particular have led an outcry contesting UK Immigration policy as they begin to suffer the effects of restrictions on the employment of overseas workers. However, in response to criticism from businesses, UK Immigration Minister, Mark Harper said that businesses need to “wean themselves off their addiction to employing immigrant workers.”

The Kings Court Chambers investigation revealed that Britain’s educational sector has been hardest hit. The £15 billion market has suffered severe setbacks as Britain is now perceived as an unwelcoming destination by foreign students.

A Kings Court Chambers spokesperson said: “The brightest and best are no longer viewing Britain as an attractive prospect to come and study and beyond that an ideal place to settle and find work.

The aim of this investigation was to highlight to the Government that introducing such a strong stance on UK Immigration, all in the pursuit of reducing numbers, may in the long run do more harm than good.”

In a statement from Boris Johnson, he said: “We are losing a massive business opportunity here, which is completely crazy for the UK market – which is brilliant at higher education – to be closing itself off from some of the best and brightest students from around the world.”

During the investigation, Kings Court Chambers also discovered that small businesses are suffering greatly as a result of UK Immigration restrictions. A Kings Court Chambers review uncovered that the majority of small business owners are unable to deal with the bureaucracy surrounding the process of recruiting a non-European worker.”

Kings Court Chambers, Birmingham, in a statement said: “Many small businesses that we came across expressed frustration when it came to employing overseas nationals into their company. They say the stress and hassle is far too great and as a result they can’t employ people who have the skills required to do the job because of ‘red-tape’.

Concluding the case study, Kings Court Chambers refers to official figures published by the Home Office. For those subjected to UK Immigration control, the latest data for UK visas granted for the purpose of work and study show a decrease in numbers.

UK Study Visas granted shows a decrease of 21% and Work Permits granted has decreased by 8% when compared with figures from 2011.

A Kings Court Chambers spokesperson said: “It can’t be refuted that businesses and Britain’s economy has suffered as a result of UK Immigration policies. The statistics are undeniable and the implications for a number of our corporate clients can be devastating as they look to ensure business survival.”

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