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New immigration laws threaten UK curry houses

By Emma Eversham , 15-May-2008

Bangladeshi Restaurateurs put pressure on the government to re-think new immigration legislation or face curry crisis

The Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs has refreshed its warnings of a "curry crisis" in Britain if the Home Office fails to make a u-turn on plans to toughen up immigration policy.

Draft legislation, which includes the introduction of a points system for foreign workers who want to work in the UK, is currently being considered by the government, prompting fears of a staff shortage in ethnic restaurants.

 

Moula Miah, a restaurateur and President of the Guild`s West Midlands branch, said: “Cooking never has been about diplomacy. With some 9,000 curry restaurants in the UK and insufficient chefs, it looks as if a curry crisis is becoming unavoidable which, in turn, could have a severe impact on tourism especially here in the Midlands, the curry capital of the UK.”

 

The Guild is stepping up pressure on the government to reconsider the legislation and said it is creating a network of regional supporters to strengthen its voice.

 

Miah said: "The Guild is naturally upset about the current state of affairs and is calling on the government to become more aware of the massive contribution that Bangladeshi restaurateurs make to this country from both a cultural and financial aspect."

 

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