The UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, last week met with business leaders in Aberdeen to discuss their views on the UK’s future immigration system.
The meeting was part of Javid’s year-long engagement programme to listen to the views of businesses and communities across the UK.
Representatives from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels Association, VisitAberdeenshire, Chrysaor, Thistle Seafoods and other organisations were all present at the talks.
A skills-based immigration system will follow the end to freedom of movement and will favour experience and talent over nationality. It will help employers access the skills they need while ensuring net migration is reduced to sustainable levels.
“I want our future immigration system to work in the best interests of the whole of the UK,” said Javid. “That’s why I came to Aberdeen today to hear directly from businesses as they take part in this important debate.
“Scottish employers are playing a key role in helping us finalise our plans and my meeting with industry representatives was extremely productive. A skills-based approach will ensure we attract the brightest and best migrants to Scotland and the rest of the UK – boosting our economy and benefiting the British people.”
The UK government’s proposals will, in line with the recommendations made by the Migration Advisory Committee:
– Remove the annual cap on the number of visas issued for skilled workers;
– Widen the skills threshold to include people with qualifications equivalent of A levels or Scottish Highers; and
– End the requirements for labour market tests by employers wanting to sponsor a highly skilled worker.
The new immigration and borders system will be implemented in a phased approach from 2021.
Article published 7th May 2019