Engineering needs immigration: The industry will fail without workers from abroad

The Engineer | January 10, 2019

As Brexit moves into its final stages and the government sets out its proposals for a new immigration system, it is important that the government continues to listen to the needs of employers – particularly in the engineering sector, argues Alexander Jan, chief economist at Arup
In the week before Christmas, the government finally published its White Paper on immigration.  The policy proposals will come into force over a transition period, when – or perhaps increasingly if – we disengage from the current arrangements in place with our fellow EU and EFTA countries.

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When people learn that I’m a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, I usually get one of two reactions: they either make jokes about Terminator and the “rise of the machines”, or they get excited and ask me how soon their car will be able to drive itself.

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When people learn that I’m a robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, I usually get one of two reactions: they either make jokes about Terminator and the “rise of the machines”, or they get excited and ask me how soon their car will be able to drive itself.

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HercuTech | August 18, 2021

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VTG | September 16, 2021

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