Asylum seekers to be matched with skills shortages

A new work permit system linked to skills shortages will be
introduced by David Blunkett, the new home secretary.

Blunkett claimed over the weekend that he wanted to provide
a controlled, legal route for people seeking work in the UK that would not
threaten the existing workforce.

Variations of both a US-style green card system and an
Australian-style points system are being considered.

Discussions will start soon with employers’ organisations to
draw up statistics on immediate and long-term skills shortages, he told The
Sunday Times
.

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