Published On: Sat, Nov 17th, 2012

London Mayor slams Immigration Policy -UK

Boris Johnson today slammed the Government’s immigration policy and said tough visa requirements are damaging the London economy.

The Mayor claimed universities and City employers are being prevented from recruiting the best talent from abroad.

“We are losing a massive business opportunity,” he said, adding that it is “completely crazy” for Britain to be “closing itself off from some of the best and brightest students from around the world”.

In a briefing to Indian journalists before flying out to visit the country, he warned that the Government is “excluding talented people”.

He said: “A tough immigration policy would have said that you can’t come here unless you have a visible means of support and are not going to be a burden on the National Health Service or housing system.

“People understand that… what they don’t understand is excluding talented people.”

Current policy is “not in the interests of London and the UK economy”, he added. “The area where London is going to continue to grow is the service industry…and when ICT companies and banks cannot get the professionals they need to come easily to London, whether it’s moving around the firms or joining firms, then that stops the economic machine, and it starts being a block to growth.”

Agencies

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