Tory policy to cap migrant visas may cause more harm than good because it doesn't address the problems it would create.

Tory policy to cap migrant visas may cause more harm than good

A Tory policy to cap migrant visas may cause more harm than good. They clearly haven’t thought about the impact of a top-down restriction on who enters the UK.

Possibly in response to Labour’s announcement that it will improve UK-based workers’ skills so they can take jobs currently occupied by immigrants from abroad, the Tories have announced that they will cap the number of people who are allowed to come to the UK.

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The number of migrant visas would be reduced each year – regardless of how many workers were needed to fill jobs here.

It would apply to worker and family visas and would exempt temporary work routes, such as Seasonal Agricultural Workers.

The restrictions would prioritise the economy, with explicit orders to look at the economic costs of migration, including the impact on public services, wages and productivity – and not to balance these against the benefits.

And it would do nothing to address the skills shortages that would rack up as increasing numbers of people are denied entry into the UK to work. At least Labour got that right!

It’s a silly, piddling, childish policy that doesn’t take any account of the realities of the UK’s reliance on immigrant workers. No wonder this is the fourth time it has been put forward (previous attempts have been made by David Cameron, Theresa May, and current leader Rishi Sunak).

But will voters see it for what it is? Or will they just fixate on the headline about force-reducing the number of people coming in, and vote according to their prejudices?


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