By Claire West

Commenting on the “Limits on Migration” report published yesterday by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“Business has been clear: any Government moves to drive down net immigration must not harm the UK’s competitiveness.

“The Migration Advisory Committee report says that achieving the Government’s target will mean thousands fewer visas for skilled workers. While we support the prioritisation of those who have a clear job offer over those who don’t, we must still allow global talent into the UK.

“Evidence suggests that skilled migrants make a positive economic contribution to UK plc. Business has no problem with tighter eligibility criteria, but an inflexible cap could harm business growth. Maintaining flexibility would ensure that employers get the skills they need in the short term — while also training up UK workers for the medium to long-term.

“The Prime Minister has said Britain is ‘open for business’. Our migration policies must reflect that sentiment.”