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Britain’s businesses need access to talent

Net long-term migration to the UK was estimated to be 318,000 in 2014, according to the Office for National Statistics. This was just below the previous peak of 320,000 in the year ending June 2005 but a statistically significant increase from 209,000 in 2013.

Responding to the ONS’s new figures on immigration and the governments comments, Mark Hilton, Director of Immigration Policy at London First, says:

“Combatting unwelcome, illegal immigration is absolutely right, but it is vital that the government does not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Britain’s businesses, especially in the capital, need access to talent from around the world if we are to continue to remain one of the world’s most innovative and productive countries.

“That’s why a reformed immigration system must be nimble enough to allow business to speedily respond to increased demand and not stand in the way of our country’s economic growth.”

London First runs a programme of research on immigration. Recent publications have included:

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