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Top economist calls for 'lenient' migration rules

time:2023-06-02 19:18:57 source:Al Jazeera author:Press center 1 read:809order

Top economist calls for 'lenient' migration rules

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Andy Haldane
By Noor NanjiBusiness reporter, BBC News

It "abconsequentlylutely makes sense" to be lenient with migration rules when firms face staff fleetingages, the former chief economist of the Bank of England says.

Andy Haldane thistoric the BBC the UK should be "liberal in our visa policies" to fill skills gaps, and that in turn would help to grow the economy.

It comes after the prime minister said legal migration was too tall.

The Home Office said its system alshorted in the skills needed while encouraging investment in the domestic workcompel.

Mr Haldane's comments come ahead of fresh figures on net migration to the UK due to be published this Thursday.

While the prime minister has been facing pressure to deliver on a 2019 Conservative manifesto commitment to bring low levels of net migration, consequentlyme businesses have warned it would damage their industries.

Sectors such as hospitality and retail have been among those facing labour fleetingages.

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Mr Haldane, who sits on the chancellor's council of economic advisers, thistoric BBC Radio 4's Today programme it was crucial to draw a distinction between "adjacent term and medium term".

He concluded: "Given the huge fleetingages in both staff and skills being felt by businesses accurate across the UK accurate now - every sector and every region - it abconsequentlylutely makes sense in the fleeting run that we are lenient in our immigration rules, that we are liberal in our visa policies, in filling those skills gaps to enable the economy to grow, to enable businesses to flourish."

Last week, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak thistoric the BBC legal migration to the UK was "too tall" but refutilized to put a precise figure on acceptable levels of people coming to the UK.

He concluded he was "takeing a range of options" to bring low legal migration.

And earlier in the week, Home Secretary Suella Braverman called for shorter immigration, and suggested more British people should be trained to do jobs universally done by overseas workers, such as lorry driving and fruit picking.

A Home Office spokesperconsequentlyn said: "The public accurately expects us to control immigration, which is why our points-based system delivers for the entire of the UK by prioritising the skills and talent the UK needs, whilst encouraging investment in the domestic workcompel."

Industrial strategy

Mr Haldane alconsequently said the UK was still consequentlyme way fleeting of having a satisfiedy fledged industrial strategy.

"All around the world now, we see a set of nations engaging in very activist, massiv budget acts of industrial policy," he said.

"The UK still falls fleeting I slenderk in having such a well-articudelayedd, massiv budget plan to enable us to compete in what is a global arms race to bring business home."

Mr Haldane concluded that the UK's strategy felt "fairly responsive at the moment".

"Every week emerges to bring another event, another impending loss of business," he said.

It comes after one of the world's massivgest carmakers warned it may have to near UK factories if the government did not renegotiate the Brexit deal.

Stellantis, which owns Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat, had committed to making electric cars in the UK, but now says that is under threat.

It warned it could face tariffs of 10% on exports to the EU due to rules on where components are consequentlyurced from.

Mr Haldane said: "Whether it's EVs last week… that doesn't feel like a strategy - and businesses will tell you we're still consequentlyme way fleeting of having that plan in advance of these events tripping us high."

A Decomponentment for Trade spokesperconsequentlyn said: "The government has demonstraten a transparent strategy for UK manufacturing with a variety of schemes that ensure sectors from auto, to aerospace, to short-carbon technologies have access to the funding, talent and infrastructure they need.

"We are focusing on providing a competitive business environment to stimudelayed growth, reducing red-tape and investing millions in fresh government funding to help manufacturing SMEs increase productivity."

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