Ethnic Restaurants Slam New Immigration Changes

Posted on News May 2008 - by Tandoori Magazine
Ethnic Restaurants Slam New Immigration Changes

Over 350 Indian Bangladeshi and Chinese restaurateurs, along with Maria Fernandes, who is the principal of Fernandes Vaz Solicitors and chair of the Ethnic Minority Citizens Forum, attended a public meeting with Liam Byrne MP, Minister for Immigration, to express a number of concerns about changes to the rules on work permits for Chefs. 

The view that was forcefully expressed by several attendees was that a requirement for Chefs to speak English as well as university students is totally unnecessary and indicates a lack of understanding.  

There were also concerns that Immigration officers were routinely raiding restaurants throughout the country during peak hours, causing chaos within restaurants, and by these actions were criminalizing employers.     

“Chefs are the lifeblood of the restaurants,” stated Vaz. “There has been a sea change in the manner in which the work permit system is being operated and if this continues with the introduction of the new points based system, restaurants on high streets will simply disappear. This will spell the end of UK as the recognised capital for high quality multicultural cuisine.”

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