Government announces migration cap from 2011

The home secretary has said that a limit will be imposed on the number of skilled non-EU workers who can come to the UK, but intra-company transfers will be unaffected

The government has announced it is to limit the number of skilled non-EU workers who can come to the UK — but has confirmed that staff entering the country through intra-company transfers will be excluded from the cap.

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Theresa May has announced a cap on migration from outside the EU from April 2011. Photo credit: Home Office

The government is aiming to reduce net migration to the UK from hundreds of thousands of people per year to tens of thousands by imposing an annual limit on immigrants from outside the EU. The cap is set to come in to force from April 2011.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, home secretary Theresa May said: "We have worked closely with businesses while designing this system, and listened to their feedback, but we have also made clear that as the recovery continues, we need employers to look first to people who are out of work and who are already in this country."

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