Reacting to the release of guidance on the government’s immigration policy, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has voiced disappointment at the lack of change in the light of the coronavirus crisis. Highlighting the impact immigrants have had in the fight against coronavirus, Mr Carmichael called on the government to rethink its plans and support key workers.
Mr Carmichael said:
“When the immigration proposals were first announced earlier in the year I called them short-sighted and a risk to the long-term future of island communities. We are already seeing the potential harm we risk to our communities and our country. It is time that the government started rethinking its plans.
“Around the UK we are seeing the positive impact that immigrants are having as key workers in the fight against coronavirus. That the government has not reflected on this at all in developing its advice on immigration policy is disappointing. If immigrants can be essential workers in our country’s time of crisis then they deserve our support to remain here afterwards.”
“Last week I joined my colleague Christine Jardine in calling for foreign nationals working in the NHS in this crisis to have the right to remain. There can be no clearer case for their rights than the work they are doing right now.”