The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK’s leading employers’ organisation which represents companies from all sectors of UK business, recently published a report outlining why immigration matters to 18 different sectors of the economy.
The report’s main findings are that:
- immigration is valuable to all sectors of the UK economy and delivers significant economic benefit
- most business sectors require a combination of skill levels and are inter-linked through supply chains, so a whole economy approach is required
- mobility is as important as migration, particularly for the UK economy where services play such a vital role
- the current non-EU immigration system is inaccessible for most firms and is not the solution for EU nationals
- businesses recognise that free movement is coming to an end and want to restore public trust in immigration.
The CBI has made 17 policy recommendations for a reformed immigration system. These include:
- introduce compulsory registration for EU nationals as soon as they arrive in the UK
- restrict EU citizens’ ability to stay to three months unless they can prove that they are working, studying or are self-sufficient.
We are, of course, still waiting for the Government’s promised White Paper on immigration.