The government of the United Kingdom has been urged by a right-wing think tank to scrap immigration targets and get rid of the cap on work visas for skilled migrants because the policy is causing the economy severe self-harm.
The public choose types of immigration over the volume hence it would be wrong for any government to shift its attention to overall numbers according to a report by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
IEA also said the current foreign student visas’ “working limits” shows discrimination against students from not so wealthy families.
Instead of the current policies, IEA suggested a “two-lane” visa system that maintains free movement for some countries while the prevailing system without the cap will be introduced for other countries after Brexit.
In certain ways, the current immigration policy in the country is the worst of all worlds according to the head of political economy at the IEA, Dr. Kristian Niemietz.
Explaining further, he said the unnecessary restrictive and bureaucratic nature of these policies causes severe self-harm economically as well as failing to find the solution to many public concerns.
Kristian said one of the main reasons things are this way is the lack of sincerity in immigration debates. Immigration debates spark culture war among different sides – left-wingers fighting right-wingers.
He said that people do not really care about the number of people that entered the country, they instead give much attention to who comes and why they come. Often, people only oppose types of immigration and not immigration as a whole which then makes it possible to liberalize immigration policies significantly in parts.
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