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17 November 2010

Migration Advisory Committee report on limits for Tier 1 and Tier 2 for 2011/12 and supporting policies. Report published 17 November To view the report http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/workingwithus/mac/mac-limits-t1-t2/ There were two consultations on UK immigration in 2010 1. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) 2. Migration Advisory Committee consultation "The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on how a limit on immigration should work. This includes questions about the coverage of limits as well as the mechanics of how they will work in practice. The consultation also recognises the need to attract more high net worth migrants to the UK through the routes for investors and entrepreneurs, and asks for views on how that can be achieved" Both consultations are now closed and NATECLA has responded to both. Permanent limits on non-EU economic migration routes will then be decided and put in place by 1 April 2011 NATECLA has responded to this Consultation with the following statement: Response from the National Association of Teachers of English and other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA) Our response comes in the form of a general statement as follows: NATECLA questions the wisdom of the Coalition Government’s policy to reduce net migration for Tiers 1 and 2. The UK is a nation within a globalised world where people’s skills and talents are portable and economic migration is becoming a prerequisite for economic success and the development of nations and individuals. By reducing migration under Tiers 1 and 2 we risk losing out in a global market through ill-conceived protectionism and introversion. The Government appears to be more concerned with allaying the perceived fears of elements of the electorate than with developing the role of the UK in a global economy and creating a truly diverse society. We would prefer to see further investigations to better quantify and describe the trends behind the data, including the economic and social benefits brought by Tier 1 and 2 migrants to the UK, for example their contribution to the tax system, to economic, political and community life, the contribution their children make to educational achievements. The encouragement of economic migration does not need to replace the development of the skills and talents of the resident workforce. We would also emphasise the importance of offering training and development opportunities to migrant workers (language, vocational and occupational and personal).

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