A new report by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is calling for major reforms to the British immigration system.
Titled Powered by People, it describes the steps needed to prevent the immigration system from damaging the architecture sector in the UK.
The report is the result of comprehensive research and interviews with EU architects living in Britain. It warns that the country’s position as an attraction for international talent should not be taken for granted and recommends that the government take certain steps to ensure that the UK can keep attracting the workforce it needs to make the country’s architecture so successful.
RIBA is also calling for the system to be overhauled so that international talent will no longer be deterred from practising in the UK and for more political acknowledgment of the benefits that immigrants have brought to the country.
As the date for Britain’s departure from the EU draws closer, the government has confirmed that there will be no more freedom of movement. Last December it published a long-awaited white paper that detailed the post-Brexit immigration policies. While there are some beneficial improvements, the RIBA stated that there wasn’t enough planning in place to protect a sector that relies on a diverse workforce.