London should implement its own visa system to allow more migration in the aftermath of Brexit, the city’s Chamber of Commerce has recommended.
The report suggests that current EU workers should get “indefinite leave to remain”, and that a list of occupations where there is currently a shortage of labour should be created.
“Immigration has underpinned London’s economic, social and cultural development over centuries, making it the great city it is today,” the Chamber’s boss Colin Stanbridge said.
“Cebr’s analysis reveals the significant contribution that migrant workers make to the modern London economy – indeed they represent one quarter of the workforce.
“Given their role and input it is vital to London’s future that a degree of flexibility is applied if government amends the UK immigration system.”
The report found that around 25% of London’s workforce is made up of non-UK labour. The figure in the rest of the country is 8%.
Under the proposed scheme, new “Capital Work Permit holders” would have a prefix added to their national insurance number to ensure they only worked in London.