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India Inc wants UK to sort migration cap split

world Updated: Aug 28, 2010 00:35 IST
Dipankar De Sarkar
Dipankar De Sarkar
Hindustan Times
India Inc

A “radical” cap on non-European immigration could leave recession-hit Britain facing with skills shortages and prompt companies to move their operations abroad, a professionals’ body warned after official figures showed a fall in migration.

“The abrupt introduction of a radical cap would leave many employees with a bigger skills problem and tempt employers with global operations to offshore jobs where they can find the skills,” said the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The report prompted senior Indian executives to call upon Britain’s new coalition government to swiftly resolve divisions over a proposal to impose an upper limit on skilled migrants from outside the European Union region.

“In fairness, the government is reaching out to us, but it’s a political problem which needs a political decision,” said an executive from an Indian company with a large workforce in Britain.

The British cabinet is divided over the issue between the two coalition partners — the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. The Conservatives want to bring down overall immigration through a cap on non-EU migration — a list that is headed by Indians..”

Keith Vaz, a veteran opposition MP who chairs the parliamentary home affairs committee that is conducting the hearing on the said, “The problem over the migration numbers has nothing to do with legal migrants. It is to do with illegal migrants and bogus colleges.”