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Gerry Sutcliffe, Shadow Home Office Minister, commenting on the report of the Migration Advisory Committee said:

“The government’s immigration cap is the worst of all worlds. It does very little to control immigration but is bad for business and scientific research at this critical time for our economy.

“The government needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink the whole policy. Instead of an arbitrary and inflexible cap, the new points based system Labour introduced allowed us to manage migration without damaging the economy.

“If the coalition won’t listen to British businesses or the science community then the Migration Advisory Committee’s conclusions about the likely impact of the cap on our economy ought to make the government think again.”

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