Curry, Indian food

New immigration laws endanger future of Britain’s curry houses, experts warn

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Post-Brexit immigration laws are putting the future of Britain’s beloved curry houses in danger, industry leaders have warned.

The country’s new points-based immigration system is aimed at preventing what the government deems to be ‘low-skilled’ workers from coming into the UK.

But according to experts, the changes could leading to restaurants having to take on chefs with zero experience in South Asian cuisine.

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Are our favourite curry houses in danger? (Credit: Pixabay)

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Asad Khan, who runs Surrey-based India Dining, expressed his fears the new rules would making training foreign chefs “impossible”

He said, as reported by the Daily Star: “[The] new immigration rules will make it almost impossible for curry houses to bring trained foreign chefs to the UK.”

They can no longer employ EU migrant workers to fill those roles.

And the founder of networking group Nation, Ash Balakrishnan, said: “[Asian restaurateurs] cannot afford to employ skilled overseas curry chefs.

“They cannot employ second-generation Anglo-Indian and Anglo-Bangladeshis because they don’t want to follow their parents into the restaurant sector, and they can no longer employ EU migrant workers to fill those roles.”

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Home Secretary Priti Patel argued that the Government’s intention was to “encourage people with the right talent” come to work here.

Priti Patel
The Home Secretary says the Government wants more immigrants with “the right talent” (Credit:

The curry is now as synonymous with British culture as favourites like fish and chips and the Sunday roast.

As an industry it’s worth an estimated £4bn to the UK economy and is responsible for the employment of over 100,000 people.

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Curry is synonymous with British culture (Credit: Pexels)

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So popular are curries these days that a huge number of Brits would rather have one instead of a more traditional Christmas dinner on December 25.

A survey published in December last year found that nearly one in four of us would rather have a curry on Christmas Day instead of the usual fare of turkey, stuffing, sprouts, spuds and all the rest of it.

The research, carried out by sandwich chain Subway, discovered that 23 per cent of Brits would rather have a curry on the annual holiday. A whopping 11.5 million said they don’t enjoy the traditional Christmas roast, with more than a third (36 per cent) saying they would rather eat something untraditional.

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