UK sets non-European pros cap @ 24K, Indians hit

Tuesday, 29 June 2010, 02:39 Hrs   |    7 Comments
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UK sets non-European pros cap @ 24K, Indians hit
London: Thousands of highly skilled Indian professionals will not be able to take up jobs in Britain since the David Cameron government announced a limit of 24,100 for non-European Union professionals to be allowed until April 2011.

Once the limit of 24,100 is reached, no other Indian or other non-EU professional will be able to take up jobs in Britain.

The controversial annual limit was announced by Home Secretary Theresa May today.

The annual limit is part of the agreement between the Conservative and Liberal Democrats parties, but is likely to be opposed by influential groups such as the High Skilled Migrants Forum.

Indian professionals are among the highest non-EU groups who migrate to Britain to take up jobs in IT, medicine, services and education sectors.

The limit is part of the coalition government's promise to curb immigration to the levels of the 1990s: 'to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands'.

"Introducing a limit on migrants from outside Europe coming here to work is just one of the ways the government intends to achieve this," an official spokesman said.

Details of how the final limit will be delivered will be agreed following a 12-week consultation with trade and industry.

In the meantime, an interim limit will be introduced to ensure there is no rush of applications and the number of work visas issued stays below 2009 levels, he said.

The results of the consultation on the permanent limit will pave the way for fundamental changes to the way in which workers from outside the EU will be chosen to come and work in the UK.

The home secretary also asked the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's independent adviser on migration issues, to launch a separate consultation into what level the limit should be set at, taking into account social and economic impacts.

"This government believes that Britain can benefit from migration but not uncontrolled migration," May said, adding "I recognise the importance of attracting the brightest and the best to ensure strong economic growth, but unlimited migration places unacceptable pressure on public services".

She underlined the need to have an interim measure to avoid a rush of applications for migrants.

"While we consult on our tough new limit it's important we have an interim measure to avoid a rush of applications for migrants and ensure that the number of work visas issued stays below 2009 levels," May said. Permanent limits on non-EU economic migration routes will be put in place by 1 April 2011. LONDON: Thousands of highly skilled Indian professionals will not be able to take up jobs in Britain after the David Cameron government on Monday announced a limit of 24,100 for non-European Union professionals to be allowed until April 2011.

Once the limit of 24,100 is reached, no other Indian or other non-EU professional will be able to take up jobs in Britain.

The controversial annual limit was announced by Home Secretary Theresa May today.

The annual limit is part of the agreement between the Conservative and Liberal Democrats parties, but is likely to be opposed by influential groups such as the High Skilled Migrants Forum.

Indian professionals are among the highest non-EU groups who migrate to Britain to take up jobs in IT, medicine, services and education sectors.

The limit is part of the coalition government's promise to curb immigration to the levels of the 1990s: 'to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands'.

"Introducing a limit on migrants from outside Europe coming here to work is just one of the ways the government intends to achieve this," an official spokesman said.

Details of how the final limit will be delivered will be agreed following a 12-week consultation with trade and industry.

In the meantime, an interim limit will be introduced to ensure there is no rush of applications and the number of work visas issued stays below 2009 levels, he said.

The results of the consultation on the permanent limit will pave the way for fundamental changes to the way in which workers from outside the EU will be chosen to come and work in the UK.

The home secretary also asked the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's independent adviser on migration issues, to launch a separate consultation into what level the limit should be set at, taking into account social and economic impacts.

"This government believes that Britain can benefit from migration but not uncontrolled migration," May said, adding "I recognise the importance of attracting the brightest and the best to ensure strong economic growth, but unlimited migration places unacceptable pressure on public services".

She underlined the need to have an interim measure to avoid a rush of applications for migrants.

"While we consult on our tough new limit it's important we have an interim measure to avoid a rush of applications for migrants and ensure that the number of work visas issued stays below 2009 levels," May said. Permanent limits on non-EU economic migration routes will be put in place by 1 April 2011.
Source: PTI
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Reader's comments(7)
1: It is no doubt a retrograde policy, restricting people from migrating into countries of their choice for employment purposes, especially when it is the question of highly skilled employees. One has to wonder how country like Britain can bring into existence such an anti migratory policy, aimed at non-Europeans. This is deplorable and unbecoming of the UK. This is a message to the Indians who hanker on working abroad, that one's motherland is the only place where one is wanted the most!
Posted by:SOORAJ KUMAR P M - 30 Jun, 2010
2: No an issue ..
be in India itself, work (requirement) will come in search of those who know how to work.
Posted by:Reji - 29 Jun, 2010
3: india always following the lines of the west & US in all means of economy & culture and science..

We neeed to have our own path of progress .. be it science economy ... hope the whole world will never belive the white skin...
Posted by:rsr - 29 Jun, 2010
4: Hey my dear INDIANs don't be dependents. come to the home. Your highest skills will be high valued in india also...first come will have a probability of getting chance first...
Posted by:Babu - 29 Jun, 2010
5: just see how hypocrisy surfaces on this b*@dy so called blue blooded pigs! when the west( US and Europe ) was economically strong enough, they stood strongly for globalization, free flow of goods, trade, money etc. those nations who tried to protect their own economies were called as antisocials, terrorists, non democratic ( and what not?). now when they find themselves in trouble they wanted to protect their economies by any means! where is their ‘ free, democratic, global village concept’ now?
Posted by:wills - 28 Jun, 2010
6: I think its time for Indians to be find out our own ways and means. Too much dependency will lead into greater problems.
Posted by:Anupam - 28 Jun, 2010
7:
IT Industry in US and UK can't survive without INDIANs.
be proud on your Country and on yourself.
Return to home, you will find that all the work will also follow you, and come to India.
Mohammad Shariq Replied to: Anupam - 08 Jul, 2010
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