08 October 2009
UK visas for top migrants say Conservatives
At the Conservatives conference in Manchester the shadow minister Damian Green said the Tories would launch a programme to give more highly skilled migrations UK visas and UK Work Permits.
"We want to attract more than our fair share of the brightest and the best," Mr Green said.
Mr Green said he wanted to reach an immigration system as close as possible to the Australian system, which has quotas for some professions but also set targets for highly qualified migration.
He said Britain needed to attract entrepreneurs and highly-skilled graduates and allow them into the country with UK Work Permits and UK Visas, or face being beaten in the global economy by rivals like Japan or the US.
Mr Green said it was important to control UK immigration by imposing an overall cap on numbers in order to ease pressure on public services.