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Curbing immigration spells ‘disaster’ for science

Prof Venki RamakrishnanImage copyright
Royal Society

The president of the UK’s Royal Society has warned that onerous restrictions on immigration for scientists would be a “disaster” for the UK economy.

Prof Venki Ramakrishnan has said that growth could be stifled if researchers are not able to move easily.

In a speech, he also said that retreating into protectionism would repeat the mistakes of the past.

Prof Ramakrishnan made his remarks ahead of the government unveiling details of its industrial strategy.