Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin challenges government on low-skilled migration

Dudley MP Ian Austin has challenged the Government to take steps to reduce low-skilled migration.

Click here to watch Ian's question to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Speaking at Home Office Questions, Austin called on the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to acknowledge the impact of low-skilled migration on different communities across the country.

He also set out a range of measures to manage the impact of low-skilled migration, including stopping companies from just advertising jobs abroad and requiring large firms to train up local apprentices when they have to hire abroad.

Low-skilled migration from the EU is currently uncapped, and the Government has not set out what its policy on low-skilled migration will be following Brexit.

Austin has held a series of community meetings over the last two years to listen to his constituents’ views on immigration and the EU and has demanded that Ministers take action to tackle their concerns.

Ian Austin said:

“There’s no point London politicians lecturing people in places like the Black Country with national statistics because this has different impacts in different communities.

“Why we are low-skilled migrants coming here when we still have hundreds of thousands of unemployed people, why haven’t they stopped companies just advertising jobs abroad or using workers from overseas to undercut wages here and why don’t they require large firms to train up local apprentices if they do have to hire abroad?

“I’ve listened to local people and these are policies that they support – unfortunately the Home Secretary sneered at me for asking about immigration instead of answering local concerns.”

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