Bridging the skills gap
The Government has spent the past few years refining schemes to attract foreign entrepreneurs to this country. Julia Onslow-Cole reports on a positive immigration story
In contrast to the much-publicised Government policy on curbing the number of asylum applications, there is little media coverage on the positive changes that have been made to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to move to the UK. Various initiatives during the past five years to attract skilled foreign nationals have been made against a backdrop of a declining European workforce, which is estimated to fall significantly in the next 10 years, with over-65s accounting for more than 22% of the population by 2025 leading to a chronic skill shortage. While some initiatives have been less successful than others, the Government should be applauded for its determination to find new ways of attracting entrepreneurs.
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