Should there be a cap on skilled workers?
A temporary limit on the number of non-EU migrants allowed into the UK has been announced by the home secretary. Should skilled worker numbers be limited?
Theresa May says she will limit worker numbers to 24,100 - down around 5% on last year - between now and April 2011. The government says these measures will eventually bring net migration down to the levels of the 1990s.
Business Secretary Vince Cable defends the cap but says it must be implemented flexibly, while Shadow Home Secretary Alan Johnson says it is a pointless "gimmick".
Ms May told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme there was "clear agreement" in the coalition government that a permanent cap would be set next April, but the temporary limit was needed to prevent a "rush of applications" before then.
Do you think the limitations are too tough? Is a permanent cap a good idea? Are you a business worried about losing skilled workers?
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