NI Chamber comments on proposals for new UK immigration system

19th Feb 2020

Commenting on proposals for a new UK immigration system, Christopher Morrow, Head of Policy at Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), said:

“Policies need to make the UK an optimal locational choice for skilled people but also to ensure that Northern Ireland is placed on an equal footing to take advantage of the top talent available internationally to help develop and grow our economy. Unfortunately with this policy, only some sectors will be able to cope, and others such as hospitality, tourism, construction and healthcare will struggle due to shortages of staff and full employment here.

“With no route for low skilled temporary employment and no time for businesses to adapt, the speed and scale of these changes will require significant adjustment by businesses and have implications for a region where access to skills and low productivity are already serious concerns.”

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