“Migrant scientists get due recognition – but is it enough?”

For immediate release – 23rd November 2010

The Home Secretary today announced a raft of new measures aimed at limiting the number of non-EU migrants entering the UK. In particular, the government has made changes to Tier 1 – the ‘highly skilled’ tier – replacing it with a new ‘exceptional talent’ route capped with a 1000 annual limit.

Imran Khan, Director of CaSE, said:

“So far we’ve got exceptionally little detail on the ‘exceptional talent’ route. The UK needs to be attracting far more than 1000 of the world’s top scientists and engineers annually, so we hope this is just one piece of the puzzle – but it’s encouraging that scientists are finally ranked alongside footballers in getting due recognition from the Home Office”

Contact Imran Khan at the Campaign for Science and Engineering for further details; 020 7679 4995 / 07967 831 333

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

1.       CaSE is the Campaign for Science and Engineering, the leading advocate for the scientific and engineering health of the UK. More details here: http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/

2.       CaSE has produced a concise 4-page briefing on why the cap could damage UK science and engineering: http://www.sciencecampaign.org.uk/documents/2010/CaSEBriefingonnon-EUMigrantCap.pdf

3.      CaSE has previously responded to the Home Office and Migration Advisory Committee consultations on the immigration cap as well the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry. CaSE has attended two meetings with offficials  from the UK Border Agency and has organised several other meetings with members and collaborators on the issue. CaSE has also worked to secure media coverage, including a letter in The Times opposing the cap, signed by eight Nobel laureates, including the two Russian migrants who won the physics prize this year, Professors Geim and Novoselov: http://www.sciencecampaign.org.uk/documents/2010/NobellettertotheTimes.pdf.

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