CBI director general puts the case for talented immigrants

The
head of the CBI says immigrants are needed to combat skills shortages, but
those coming into the UK must be prepared to speak English and find a job.

Director
general of the CBI Digby Jones said immigrants prepared to work are "very
welcome in our liberal and tolerant country".

Speaking
to commercial members of the Cumbria Tourist Board at a conference in Keswick,
Jones called on the Government to help create 300,000 jobs in the tourist
industry over the next five years.

He
said immigrants may be needed to fill skill shortages. However, he added that
those entering the UK must "work, pay some tax, speak English and take
part in our society".

"Those
who are prepared to work, whatever their religion or colour, would be welcome
in the UK. Britain is a liberal and tolerant society."

By Quentin Reade

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