21st Century Wire says…
Whilst British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered defeat in the House of Lords regarding a motion to guarantee rights of EU citizens within the UK, three months after Article 50 is ‘triggered’, other factions looked towards ‘future solutions’ post Brexit.
In order to stem fears surrounding migrant numbers, salary stagnation, cultural integration, and the arrival of unskilled workers; various British researchers and education professionals look towards a Canadian system which would allow different areas to independently identify needed skills and set quotas for different professions.
More on this report from The Independent…
Different regions must have powers to determine their own skills needs after the UK leaves the EU, experts tell the Lords
The UK economy is “sleepwalking into a disaster” unless the country adopts a nuanced regional immigration policy to fill the skills gap left by lower immigration after Brexit, a Parliamentary Committee was told on Tuesday.
Professor Robert Wright, Professor at the University of Strathclyde told committee members a Canadian system which allows different regions to independently identify required skills and set quotas for different professions would work in the UK.
Such a system would allow the UK to both attract the skills it needs and assuage local fears about influxes of unskilled migrants driving down wages in particular areas while not integrating culturally, he said.
“Canada has one million people waiting up to four years on its points-based system, but if you have a skill that is needed in a particular state, you jump the queue. Who wants to wait four years?” he asked the Economic Affairs Committee.
“Everyone might want to go to Toronto or London, maybe they don’t want to go to Edinburgh but the key to immigration policy is to get people to where they are needed in the first place. Once they are there they tend to stay,” Professor Wright, who was born in Canada but has lived in Scotland since 1991 told the committee.
While some areas of the country expressed a clear desire for less immigration which must be listened to, London would “grind to a halt” without a continued flow of both high and low-skilled labour allowed into the country, said Colin Stanbridge chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce…
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