Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Brits and Their Foreign Worker Influx

Permit scheme to cut flow of east Europeans

Ministers want specific skills test for Bulgarian and Romanian workers

Ministers are planning to introduce a work permit system for Bulgarians and Romanians that will require them to prove they can fill specific skill shortages, a senior government figure has told the Guardian. Relatively few potential job applicants from the two countries are likely to meet the expected criteria in a move designed to take pressure off the government over immigration.

"We have a strong record on accepting migrants from Europe, but sometimes politics has to override the economics and that is what is going to happen in this case," said one cabinet minister closely involved in the talks.

Politcs, eh?

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