Asylum and Immigration

Home Department written question – answered on 6th June 2005.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has conducted on how many economic migrants will be required over each of the next five years to meet demand for workers in (a) the private and (b) the public sector; and what estimate he has made of the number of such migrants who will be required in each case.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality), Home Office

In a flexible and dynamic labour market such as that of the UK, it is impractical to make forecasts of this nature. As set out in the Home Office Five Year Strategy for Asylum and Immigration, the Government encourages migration for work through a flexible points based system that is employer-led and responsive to market needs, rather than a rigid and arbitrary quota.

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