Future Immigration Policy Must Deliver For NI Economy

Following the publication of the 'The UK's future skills-based immigration system' White Paper, FSB NI Policy Chair Tina McKenzie has said that future immigration policy must deliver for the Northern Ireland economy and recognise regional variations across the UK.

Commenting FSB NI Policy Chair, Tina McKenzie said: "Migrant workers make a valuable contribution to our economy and society. It's crucial that future immigration policy recognises this, enabling our firms to access the labour they need to grow their businesses.
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"With wages in Northern Ireland typically lower than elsewhere in the UK, it is absolutely vital that any future salary threshold for hiring migrant workers reflects this and does not prove to be a barrier to recruiting staff.

"FSB has been engaging with local parties and the UK Government on this issue and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead.

"We must consider the effect of any new costs to business either through additional red tape, or any new immigration surcharge for hiring workers. If immigration policy is not managed correctly, it could end up being very costly for small businesses and consequently for the wider economy."

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