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Growing concern over immigration policy

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Both the RIBA and the Association of Consultant Architects (ACA) have questioned government plans to bring immigration levels backs to 1990s levels

Earlier this week the government announced plans to limit the flow to the UK of workers from outside the European Union, promising ‘fundamental changes’ to its selection criteria.

A statement from RIBA warned of a possible ‘skills shortage’ resulting from the policy. It said: ‘When the construction industry demonstrates sustained evidence of recovery we may well find ourselves facing a skills shortage and need to call upon architects from overseas.’

Brian Waters, ACA said he hoped the limits would be in place ‘short term’.

He said: ‘In the difficult moment we are presently living this restriction, especially on Tier 2, may be a necessary but I hope short-term restriction.

‘It is in the nature of our profession that we work internationally and it is a strength and benefit to our economy and our culture that architects and students may easily cross boundaries to work and gain and give experience.’

Theresa May, Home Secretary, however said: ‘This Government believes that Britain can benefit from migration but not uncontrolled migration. I recognise the importance of attracting the brightest and the best to ensure strong economic growth, but unlimited migration places unacceptable pressure on public services.’

Policy details will be unveiled in September following consultation with business.

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