The UK Government's own advisory committee, the Migration Advisory Committee, has stated that the British economy could suffer permanent damage if the Government continues to restrict non-EU skilled immigration.
According to the head of the home affairs select committee, MP Keith Vaz, the UK Government's insistence on counting overseas students and seasonal workers is inflating immigration figures. The inflated immigration figures are then used to justify more restrictive immigration controls These more restrictive immigration controls make it more difficult for employers to employ desperately needed skilled workers from abroad. Overall this is bad for the UK economy.
Australia has released their Enterprise Migration Agreement submission guidelines designed to help "project owners and prime contractors on eligible resource projects" to hire overseas workers.
A new study on Canadian immigration policy has found that immigrants who come to Canada as independent skilled migrants had "consistently and substantially" the highest earnings of four categories of immigrants. The researchers concluded that Canada should continue to focus on skilled migration. The researchers also hope that their study will influence future Canadian immigration policy.
Canada is holding an online consultation on appropriate levels of immigration, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
Canada has announced improvements to its visa application process that will make Canada a more attractive destination for Latin American travelers.
At a recent National Day Rally speech by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about tightening immigration rules for skilled foreign workers. This has raised concerns that in future it will be more difficult for skilled overseas workers to emigrate to Singapore.
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