The United Kingdom may open its borders to droves of foreign high-tech workers. Worried that the nation's economic engine may begin to sputter as record-low unemployment rates make it harder for businesses to find qualified workers, the government next week plans to unveil a proposal to relax its strict immigration laws.

Current law limits foreign workers to temporary stays in the country. The new plan would allow up to 100,000 skilled workers a year to permanently move in and fill jobs in fields such as information technology and teaching, the Sunday Telegraph reported on 3 September. Conservative lawmakers, however, are already taking shots at the proposal, arguing that the current rules are sufficient to sustain the boom.