Digital businesses warn Cameron over hostility to immigration

Some of the UK’s most high profile digital entrepreneurs have warned the Prime Minister that cracking down on skilled immigration could put Britain’s digital economy at risk.

Over 230 startup founders and investors, including Martha Lane Fox and the founders of Citymapper, DeepMind, SwiftKey and Unruly signed an open letter, organised by Coadec, calling for a rethink of government proposals to further restrict visas for skilled workers.

The letter comes as the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) considers proposals that would make hiring skilled workers from outside Europe significantly more difficult.

The letter argues: “The UK has become a global tech hub thanks in large part to startup founders, investors and employees from across the globe, including many of us who were not born in Britain but choose to invest our time and talents here”

It warns: “further restrictions on skilled migration could restrict the growth of our businesses and hurt UK’s digital economy.” [Coadec]

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