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UK supports managed migration: statement

The Home Office, Confederation of British Industries and the Trades Union Congress issued a joint commitment to support managed migration in the interests of the UK economy.

The statement says:

The United Kingdom has a proud tradition of welcoming newcomers to its shores. Now more than ever, we need the skills and enthusiasm of people from around the world who have chosen to make their homes here and to contribute to our economy and society. To help them to do that, the country needs to invest wisely in their potential within the context of a migration system that is managed in the national interest.

Government, employers and trade unions, in their separate spheres, are all crucial to this process. The Government, the CBI and the TUC support this statement that sets out, for the first time, how we can ensure that the contribution made by workers from overseas is both recognised and enhanced to the full.

The Government will:
  • Consult employers and trade unions about migration policies that are in the interests of Britain and were set out in its manifesto;
  • Support sustainable economic growth and address skill shortages;
  • Seek to ensure that the public understands clearly who is allowed into the United Kingdom and why, and also the vital contribution of migrants to the British economy.

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