Commenting on the Government's proposals to further toughen the migration system, published in a consultation document today (Thursday), Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the BCC, said:

"Britain's migration system must protect our economy as well as our borders. Turfing out valuable migrant workers who are turned down for settlement would be incredibly disruptive to companies of all sizes, and to the UK's economic recovery. These proposals could also deter some skilled workers from coming to the UK in the first place.  

“The Government must ensure employers are able to plan their workforce needs and minimise risks such as the loss of key skills or disrupting contracts. The criteria for which migrants do get settlement rights must reflect business needs and the economy, as well as political considerations.”