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BCC: Reaction to Prime Minister's Speech on Immigration

Commenting on the speech by the Prime Minister, David Cameron on immigration, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:
“The Prime Minister is right to strike a balance between the legitimate concerns of communities regarding immigration and the vital needs of businesses and the economy for workers. If we are to have wealth creation that benefits all and long- term, great sustainable growth, then businesses must have access to the skills they need and sometimes that means drawing on talent from outside the UK.

“However, we do need a compromise that allows businesses to access the skills they need, without undermining our efforts to develop home-grown talent. For that reason we support the Prime Ministers efforts to attract higher skilled workers that can contribute to the economy – but this must go hand in hand with equipping young people with the skills they need to compete in a global market. Balancing these two objectives is the key to achieving long-term economic success and social cohesion.”

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