Dr Adam Marshall comments on the net migration figures, published today by the ONS.
Thursday 25 August, 2016
Commenting on the net migration figures, published today by the ONS, Dr Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“While businesspeople understand the importance of managing migration levels into the UK, there must be no knee-jerk crackdown that leaves businesses unable to get specific skills from around the globe – or measures that hobble our education sector, which is one of the UK’s export successes.
“Since the referendum many firms have expressed concern over the future status of their existing EU workforce. These hardworking people are absolutely vital to the success of businesses, and must be retained. Theresa May should reassure them as soon as possible that they will have the right to remain in the UK, to provide much-needed certainty both for EU employees and UK employers.
“The government must also clarify how new EU hires will be treated, as many businesses also say they are uncertain about whether the people they wish to recruit will be able to continue working with them in future.”
Notes to editors:
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a powerful network of 52 Accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK, representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and within all sectors. Our Global Business Network connects exporters with nearly 40 markets around the world. For more information, visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk
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