Do people not realise that this feckless announcement is an attempt to appease the xenophobic voters amongst us? Surely most people understand that limiting immigrants from outside the EU to an arbitrary number won't solve societies woes? I KNOW the British people are intelligent enough to decipher that much, right?
Yet, I cannot fathom why the Conservative/ Liberal Democrat government wants to limit the amount of highly skilled workers coming to the UK - beyond the obvious reasons of pacifying the more right wing voters of this country. When even Chief Executives in London warn that such a cap will only damage UK businesses, you know it's a pointless affair; surely Britain wants to attract the best and brightest scientists, architects, professors, artists, performers and so on?! Surely we want to attract such people who would earn high salaries usually associated with such highly skilled jobs and would, in turn, pay high taxes!?
Honestly, it really makes me angry and lose faith in the British public; how can some people fall foul to such empty political acts?!
However, it isn't the highly skilled workers who will lose out - it's international students. You know, the ones who pay THOUSANDS OF POUNDS each year to attend prestigious British schools? Work related migration to the UK accounts for only 20% of the overall reduction needed for the government to reach the target of 21,700 - meaning non-EU students will need to make up 60% of the cut, with the final 20% coming from family visas and their dependents.
This is but a short-sighted policy that puts economic growth and recovery at risk. And indeed, I would argue that most politicians know this and in fact, that immigration brings benefits to our economy and society. As an immigrant myself, I KNOW this first hand. Governments know this as well but fail to argue as much and instead, pander to the right-wing media and voters.
And if you might think I'm wrong, take my home country of Canada as an example: Canada has a fairly broad immigration policy and is a very multicultural country and proudly so. In 2008, there was over 270, 000 immigrants to Canada and considering the population of Canada is only 34 million, that's quite a substantial number.
So, if this immigration cap isn't really about xenophobia, then what's it all about? Because all of the evidence leads me to believe as much.