Immigration News release..

13.9.2000

Immigration : Government must not shirk education and training - Davey 

Edward Davey, local Liberal Democrat MP, commenting on the calls by Barbara Roche for the need to relax immigrations controls to fill the British skills gap, said:

"We must address the desperate skills shortage, but relaxing immigration controls must be approached cautiously.

"There's no doubt that immigrants can bring much-needed skills. Kingston has certainly benefited hugely from the many professional and business people who have settled here from other countries.  Kingston Hospital is already dependant on nurses from the Philippines and other countries.

"But the Government must face up to the challenge of training and education locally rather than simply poaching skilled people from the world's poorer countries."


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