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CaSE calls for research-friendly immigration policy

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The UK government needs to stop its anti-immigration rhetoric and adopt a more welcoming attitude to overseas researchers and engineers, the Campaign for Science and Engineering has said.

Immigration: Keeping the UK at the heart of global science and engineering was launched at a round-table debate in the House of Lords on 21 January. In the report, CaSE says that there are many faults with the visa system that need to be fixed in order to address the UK’s skills shortage and make a series of recommendations for policymakers.

The campaign recommends fast-tracking the peer review of applicants using the Tier 1 route—for senior researchers and engineers—and abolishing the “arbitrary” cap of 20,700 for those entering through the Tier 2 route—for jobs at graduate level or above. In 2014-15, the report says, scientists and engineers accounted for 11,625 or 14 per cent, of the total of Tier 2 visas granted.

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