As the UK government considers a plan to cap immigration, industry group TIGA called on the country’s administration to ensure that its policy “does not hinder UK games companies employing skilled migrants.”
As explained in the Wall Street Journal, the coalition government plans to introduce an annual limit on net immigration from outside of the European Union next April, but the cap limit has yet to be decided. An interim cap has been introduced, which will reduce immigration by five percent from previous year’s levels.
TIGA Chief Dr. Richard Wilson said, “TIGA remains concerned that the Government’s migration plans will have a negative impact on the UK games industry,” adding that “We strongly oppose the proposed permanent limits on highly skilled migrants and especially highly skilled workers with a job offer.”
Wilson stated that “arbitrary limits on migration,” could “could stop development studios from completing projects on time, halt expansion plans and damage their ability to win new contracts.”
He also urged the government to allow game developers and publishers to “recruit freely” from the Tier 2 (highly skilled workers with a job offer) migration route.
The UK’s Migration Advisory Committee has just released its recommendations for the new policy. In reducing migration to “tens of thousands,” instead of the current level of about 196,000, the report suggests that work-related visas contribute to 20 percent of the cuts, while family and student migration would make up 80 percent of the reduction.