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Brexit Is Scaring Tech Talent Away

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Jimmy Wales, co-founder, Wikipedia, warned the United Kingdom government that they are turning London into a hostile place for European technology experts. He also mentioned concern over many British companies choosing to shift staff to other cities or countries like Canada. Either that or the tech talent will move out themselves to the European Union, where highly skilled immigrants are valued and not threatened. According to a Thomson Reuters Brexit study, 31 percent of companies are already preparing to move staff from the United Kingdom, a 10 percent increase from 2017 fiscal year.

Wales said that London is a very important city in the international tech industry, but he is worried about the future, Brexit, and how it will affect the city’s tech community. He is worried that if London becomes a hostile place for immigrants from European Union and outside, then that won’t be a good thing. London is a competitive city, but Berlin is more open and has a successful tech scene. In the past, London was famous because English was the language of conversation and is a financial powerhouse, but not anymore.

Wales said that the magnitude of the situation is so hard that people can’t wrap their head around it. He is also skeptical about politicians not understanding the internet and social media. They try to regulate something they have no knowledge about and rather than solving an issue, and they create more. On the other hand, some issues are big and international regarding information security and identity theft.

Lack of cooperation

Wales is concerned about lack of cooperation between different jurisdictions in the United Kingdom. Matt Hancock, the cultural secretary, said that tech companies will face regulation claims of using 50 million Facebook users for political purposes. The depth of constitutional change will severely affect companies in the United Kingdom.

Distorted Facts – Are International Students Overstaying In UK?

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International Students in UK have managed to enjoy benefits of top quality education and a fantastic learning environment for years. Until 2012 to be exact. That is when the anti-immigrant poison seeped in and ended the prospects of better education for millions of students. The previous government had reported that many international students had stayed in the UK beyond the expiry of their visas. The damage done was catastrophic as the PSW came down and hostility towards those students increased.

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However, in a recent study, it has come to light that about 97 percent of the students left the country and only about 6 percent returned back. Under the supervision of the MAC (Migration Advisory Committee) the (ONS) Office for National Statistics has refuted the claims of the previous government. In their report, The ONS found an alarming number of discrepancies.

The previous report was based on International Passenger Surveys (IPS) carried out by the Immigration Department in every flight. But this time, officials had access to the ‘exit checks’ data. The arrival and departure dates of students revealed a completely different scenario. The ONS conducted a report on 1.3 million visas granted to nationals outside the EEU. It concluded that there was a lack of evidence supporting the claim that there was a problem with non-EU students overstaying beyond their visa expiry.

Diane Abbot, Home Secretary of the Labor Party sharply criticized the government for its unfounded opinion about international students, resulting in a gross fallacy. She also appreciated the fact that some officials had started to see through the veil and recognize the contribution of international students to the UK. It may reflect a positive change, indicative of a silver lining. It may take some time to propagate the sentiment across the parliament.

But the damage has been done.

EU Mulls Changes On Immigration And Visa Policies, UK Plans Referendum To Stave Off Immigration

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Britain is yet to tackle immigration issues. According to UK immigration news, people of Britain are all set to vote on its European Union membership. Following the vote, Switzerland will prepare for negotiation with the European Union on the immigration issue.

Switzerland plans on limiting migrants to the country. There will be several rounds of negotiations after June 23 and produce a final solution by July 6. The meeting will be held between the immigration secretary of Switzerland and EU counterpart Richard Szostak.

Immigration Talks will be held after U.K. Votes

According to the UK immigration news, the decision by the Britain’s voters will put the nation on an independent path and the ramifications extremely complex and more uncertain. Britain is reeling from a prolonged refugee crisis and financial meltdown as it threatens the Euro currency. The decision will make imports expensive, food and drink bill would increase along with clothing and footwear.

The ‘Brexit’ campaign may also lead to the disintegration of the United Kingdom as the Scottish voters may prefer to split away from Britain with a new referendum. This breakaway may also set a precedent for few other EU members.

The UK government intends to bring down the net migration to below 100,000 a year, the current number of migrants was 362,000. For most people voting in the UK, immigration will be a very big factor in decision making.

A reality check is required with respect to mass immigration

Nigel Farage, a UKIP leader, states the immigration situation will worsen if Britain continues to be part of the EU, as it is going out of control. The government has net migration close to the record levels, as indicated by the UK immigration news, and a little over half of it comes from the EU.

Most of the migrants move to the UK for work or study which is the same for migrants from the EU. According to the UK immigration news, almost 60% of the migrants hold a job opportunity before they arrive.

A Tier 2 Visa sponsorship License system introduced in 2008 aims to control immigration into Britain, however, the fact remains that UK companies need the sponsorship license so as to sponsor as well as employ migrants outside the EU on Tier 2 visas. There have been several audits according to the UK immigration news to control immigration.

The fact remains that the unemployment rate has been falling continuously for the past five years. It is expected that if the economy continues to remain healthy, UK will need just as many workers in the future.

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