- The Confederation of British Industry (CBI)launched a major immigration report
- It called for areas with lots of immigrants to be given more money for schools
- The target to get net migration down to tens of thousands has never been hit
EU immigrants who come to the UK after Brexit should be kicked out of the country if have not found a job within three months, the UK's biggest business organisation today said.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), urged Theresa May to scrap her target to get immigration down to below 100,000 and put business interests at the centre of her plans instead.
It said after Britain quits the EU it should bring in new rules which only lets immigrants working, studying or who are self sufficient stay longer than three months.
And it called for areas with big influxes of migrants to get more funding for key services like schools and hospitals.
Mrs May has faced growing pressure from many of her ministers to scrap the target to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands.
But the PM has been a strong supporter of the target - which was set in 2010 and has never been met - from her time as Home Secretary.
The CBI added its powerful voice to the growing chorus of criticism and said that 'blunt targets' should be scrapped.
Instead a new system should see EU migrants registered and then kicked out of they cannot show they are working.
CBI deputy director-general Josh Hardie said: 'This is no longer a theoretical debate,' he said. 'It's about the future of our nation. Openness and control must not be presented as opposites.
'Scrapping blunt targets, ensuring all who come to the UK contribute and using the immigration dividend to support public services will add to public confidence.
'Many sectors are already facing shortages, from nurses to software engineers - so fast, sustainable, evidence-based action is needed.'
The recommendations are made in the body's new report, Open And Controlled - A New Approach To Migration.
The body, which took evidence from 129,000 firms, said immigration is key for many businesses and sectors.
It said EU citizens should be registered on arrival to the UK and restrict their visit to three months 'unless they can prove that they are working, studying or are self-sufficient'.
The report highlights how businesses do not just need 'the brightest and best' immigrants, but different skill levels across many different sectors.
Mr Hardie said: 'The stakes couldn't be higher. Get it wrong, and the UK risks having too few people to run the NHS, pick fruit or deliver products to stores around the country.
'This would hurt us all - from the money in our pockets to our access to public services.
'The needs are more complex than only ensuring that the UK can attract the 'brightest and best'.'
And he called for the UK to be prepares to allow more migrants from other countries in in return for free trade deals after Brexit.
He said: 'For Global Britain to succeed, the UK must send the right signals that show it remains open and welcoming to the world.
'That means putting migration on the table in trade talks to get us a better deal, first with the EU and then other countries, where it is clear existing visa restrictions inhibit trade and foreign direct investment.'