Romanian and Bulgarian migrants bring "knowledge and experience" London businesses "badly need" and fill a skills gap that British youngsters cannot, The London Chamber of Commerce has said.
Chief executive Colin Stanbridge said:
Political rhetoric on migrant workers has stepped up in recent days as the deadline for removal of restrictions approaches. However, the debate often fails to take into account the positive benefits that migration brings to the London economy.
Migrant workers are often highly skilled, bringing with them knowledge and experience that London businesses badly need - now - in order to continue to grow.
Of course the Government needs to equip our young people with the skills that businesses require, but that will take years.
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