UK Immigration Minister Damian Green said today (Tuesday) that UK Businesses have become too heavily reliant on employing Immigrant workers, to the extent where it has become ‘addictive’.
Mr Green’s comments came during an interview with the Financial Times, where he claimed that many UK Industries need ‘rehabilitating’ in order to encourage UK Businesses to employ a balance of British based workers as well as foreign workers.
With the Government keen to reduce net migration figures, which currently stand around the 250,000 mark, to numbers in the tens of thousands by 2015, Damian Green is urging UK Organisations to help facilitate changes. Whilst talking to the Financial Times, Damian Green said: “Like all addictions, it takes time to see results and it won’t be instant, but it’s good to be weaned off an addiction and it will be good for UK business in the long term if the UK economy is more of the mind-set that says ‘Let’s find a British worker and if necessary, let’s train a British worker.”
In order to combat high UK Immigration figures the Government has implemented a series of reforms that display a simple and clear message for Immigrant workers. ‘If you have an exceptional talent or skill that contributes to the economy of Britain then you’re most welcome in the UK, if you have nothing to contribute, we will make it harder for you to access the UK.’
As things stand, UK Immigration figures are at the highest level they have been since the 1990’s and the Government remains committed to seeing those figures reduced, with further changes to UK Immigration rules set to take place over the next three years.