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UK Government immigration plans will 'stifle' Welsh economy report claims

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Immigration plans for the UK after Brexit will "stifle" the Welsh economy according to new analysis by Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Wales.

The proposals currently under consultation could restrict businesses from employing overseas workers who earn less than £30,000. A CBI report published today suggests the salary threshold could cause "severe difficulties for Welsh businesses.

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According to the study, 58% of workers in the Welsh manufacturing sector earn under the £30,000 threshold - with more than a quarter of those are EEA nationals.

The report authors suggest the sector will be "particularly impacted" by current plans.

Continued access to overseas workers after Brexit is vital to drive growth, innovation and prosperity in Wales. The UK government's current proposals risk causing significant harm at a time of uncertainty for business.

A one-year limit on workers earning less than £30,000 would encourage firms to hire a different person each year, needlessly increasing costs and discouraging migrants from integrating into communities.

Leaving the EU should be an opportunity to develop an independent immigration policy that works for business by being both open to allow our economy to grow and controlled to restore public confidence.

– Ian Price, CBI Wales Director

Mr Price added: "We know that Welsh businesses are creating jobs, but many are already struggling to fill vacancies and suffering from skills shortages."

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