Medical research charity concerns about proposed cap on non-EU immigration

Posted on September 6, 2010 by

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The government is planning to cap non-EU economic migrants to the UK through Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points-based immigration system as part of an initiative to bring net immigration to the UK down from the ‘hundreds of thousands’ – it currently stands at about 160,000 – to the ‘tens of thousands’.

They are running two consultations – by the UK Borders Agency (UKBA) and the Migration Advisory Committee – with a view to announcing a permanent cap at the end of the year. They plan for this to come into force in April 2011.

This could restrict the movement of international researchers which has raised concerns across the science, engineering and business community. Medical research charities share these concerns, particularly because it is important that the research investments they make represent the best value for money for their donors, meaning they need to be able to fund world-class, excellent researchers, wherever these world-class researchers may originally be from.

AMRC has submitted letters to both consultations outlining these concerns in detail – you can read more about this here.

There’s more background on this in my previous post here.

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